June 15, 1923 ~ January 24, 2013

Marshall Hudson died January 24, 2012 with his son and daughter by his side.
Marshall was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 23, 1923 and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II and held degrees from Antioch College, American University and the University of Washington.
In 1953 Marshall married Ruth Andress and moved to Seattle where he studied engineering at the University of Washington. He later worked for the Washington State Highway department and as an engineering instructor at UW.
Marshall moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1959, where he taught political science, sociology and economics at Clark College for 25 years. He was active in organizing Clark teachers to join the American Association of University Professors. Over the years, he was active in the Democratic Party, the ACLU and the NAACP. He was a McGovern delegate at the 1972 Democratic Convention. For a time, he was a frequent contributor of guest opinion pieces for the Columbian. He married Lillian Morrison in 1976.
Marshall retired from Clark in 1985. He remained politically active and taught classes for Clark's continuing education program. He married Barbara Vatter in 1992.
In addition to politics, Marshall was passionate about music and flying. He loved jazz and enjoyed playing stride piano. He flew small planes and later moved on to hang gliders, celebrating his 65th birthday with a hang gliding trip to the Alps.
Marshall Hudson was kind, generous and even-tempered. He was quick-witted and liked puns and plays on words. He was a loving father who will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.
Marshall is survived by his son Cal Hudson; daughter Kelsey Hudson Foster; granddaughters Meara and Elise Foster and stepson Marc Vatter. His family will hold a private memorial. Remembrances may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 10, 2013