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Woman gives $10,000 to Briarwood

Bettie Hudson recently made a $10,000 commitment to the Fine Arts program at Briarwood Academy as a memorial gift to her late husband, Robert Hudson. Mrs. Hudson is the mother of Mrs. Kari Callaway, who is the Fine Arts director at Briarwood Academy.

Mr. Hudson was a member of DeMolay International. He was an Eagle Scout and lettered in baseball and football at Marietta High School. He was a disc jockey for WFOM during high school and college, receiving call-ins from classmates requesting songs. He attended Georgia Tech where he majored in electrical engineering and played baseball for the college. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force Cadets in January 1955 and was active in the Air Force until April, 1956 and in the Reserves until September, 1970. He was honorably discharged as a captain. He flew for Delta Airlines from 1957 until his retirement as a captain in August, 1993. He had more than 30,000 hours flying time and 225 trips to Europe, all on the L1011.

He flew cargo on C47s and DC3s and DC6s during his early years. He was a state officer of the Jaycees and president of the College Park Chapter. He organized the painting of City Hall in College Park and started the Miss College Park Beauty Pageant. He was a member of the Marietta Country Club and president of the Harbor Island Homeowners Association. He had been recognized as the youngest licensed ham radio operator in the State of Georgia.

Mrs. Hudson is actively involved in her community.

She was a member of the Jaycees, has served as a victim witness advocate for the district attorney's office in Cobb County, and has also volunteered her time and service to the Child Abuse Prevention Association in South Carolina.

She is a golfer and enjoys playing bridge. Mrs. Hudson makes her home in Marietta, Ga.

Web posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009

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