A memorial service will be held June 30 for John V. Huddleston, 73, an author, businessman and professor emeritus in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo.
Huddleston, who wrote 10 books on engineering and computer language and earned a doctorate from Columbia University, died in his Williamsville home (Feb. 18, 2001).
His long teaching career included stints in the 1950s at Columbia University and Yale University, and two sessions as a visiting Fulbright grant professor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He taught engineering courses at UB from 1967 until 1994. He also owned a Buffalo computer business called Exchange Computing Systems.
"John was involved in so many things, and he somehow found time to enjoy them all, one at a time," said his wife, the former Martha Hendry. "He really enjoyed working with computers, and you could say he was in on the ground floor. He worked with computers for 40 years."
A native of Houston, he was an Eagle Scout and was the class valedictorian at St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1945. He then served in Hawaii with the U.S. Coast Guard, receiving an honorable discharge as a seaman first class in 1947.
He received the Illig Medal for academic achievement at Columbia, where he earned a bachelor of science degree, a master's degree and a doctorate in applied mechanics. He moved to Buffalo to take a position at UB in 1967.
An outdoorsman and jogger, Huddleston enjoyed canoeing, backpacking and wilderness camping. He also enjoyed working New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles, and he sang bass in a number of local church choirs. He enjoyed woodworking, golf and travel.
The time and location of the June 30 memorial service have yet to be decided, the family said.
"That date is the 49th anniversary of our wedding, and the 51st anniversary of the night we met on a blind date," said Mrs. Huddleston. "I wanted to pick that date to celebrate his life."
Besides his wife, Huddleston is survived by two daughters, Nancy S. of Chesapeake, Va., and Amy A. of Buffalo; a son, James B. of Amherst; and a brother, Andrew of Fairhope, Ala.