Hudson on target with his retirement

Published 1:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bob Hudson demonstrates a yoga position at the Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center. (WDN Photo/Mike Voss)


This week’s Fifty Plus takes a look at Bob Hudson, who earlier this week was participating in archery. Hudson is retired, but he is a volunteer tai chi and yoga instructor.

Where are you from originally?

New Jersey.

When did you move here? Why?

1979. Career change.

To what clubs/church do you belong?

President of Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center Partners Inc., alternate to the N.C. Senior Tarheel Legislature, ambassador for the N.C. Senior Games and AARP volunteer senior driving instructor.

Education (list schools, starting with high school)

Master’s degree in psychology and counseling.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

Don’t know till I do it.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Steward it properly and support worthwhile local programs like the senior center.

What is the thing most people don’t know about you?

I am an archer, biker and swimmer.

What is your favorite food?


What’s the last book you read?

Autobiography of Mark Twain.

What is your favorite TV show?

Not applicable.

Where would you go on your dream vacation?

No idea.

What is your pet peeve?

Inconsiderate people.

What’s the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

Listen to my wife.

What’s the biggest difference between life as a senior as opposed to below age 30?

The time you have to volunteer and share with others.

Compiled by Mike Voss

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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