John I. Hudgins Jr., 72, NASA electrical engineer

April 12, 2002

John I. Hudgins Jr., a retired NASA electrical engineer who had worked on early space shuttle missions, died of cancer Tuesday at his Annapolis home. He was 72.

Mr. Hudgins was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, where he graduated from high school. He served in the Navy as an electrician-technician from 1948 to 1952.

He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1955, and began his career at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

He joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1963, and was assigned to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Hudgins was a member of the American Legion post in Annapolis and the Fleet Reserve Association.

In 1957, he married Joyce Edwards, who died in 1987. In 1989, he married Claudia A. Quenisset, who died in 1994.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

Surviving are a son, David D. Hudgins of Annapolis; a daughter, Bonnie Hudgins of Sedona, Ariz.; his mother, Gladys Bell Hudgins of Severna Park; a stepson, Jeff Ireland of Baltimore; three stepdaughters, Michelle Banks of Silver Spring, Karen Hudgins of Annapolis and Kim Davis of Riverside; and eight grandchildren.

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