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Former UofL A&S dean J. Blaine Hudson dies

J. Blaine Hudson (sourceL UofL) J. Blaine Hudson (sourceL UofL)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The former dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences has died. Dr. J. Blaine Hudson passed away on Saturday.  According to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Facebook page Fischer stated: "Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Blaine Hudson tonight. A true public servant".

According to UofL, Hudson taught history and Pan-African studies classes for years while serving in various administrative posts. He was Pan-African studies department chair from 1998 to 2003 and was an associate A&S dean from 1999 to 2004. He has been in the dean role since 2004, first serving as acting dean before his appointment as a result of a formal search process.

UofL announced in early December 2012, that Hudson would be stepping down as dean at the end of the month. He had taken medical leave in August.

According to UofL, his research into Kentucky's African American history has made him a popular speaker, and his publications include the 2011 book "Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History," with Merv Aubespin and Kenneth Clay; "Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad" in 2006; and the 2002 book, "Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland."

Hudson also recently co-chaired Mayor Greg Fischer's task force to end violence in west Louisville.

Hudson earned his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky and his master's and bachelor's degrees from UofL.

In a statement from University of Louisville president Dr. James Ramsey:

"Blaine's many years and contributions as a faculty member, department chair and dean has had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on generations of UofL students. Blaine was a visionary and leader in the academy and the community. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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