Aug. 1, 1921 - Dec. 17, 2017
Raymond A. Hudson, M.D., a longtime Buffalo cardiologist, died Dec. 17 in the Rosa Coplon Facility of the Weinberg Campus after a long illness. He was 96.
Dr. Hudson was a Buffalo native who attended the University of Buffalo through full scholarships, and later the US Army for undergraduate and medical training.
He graduated from the university's medical school in 1944 when it was still in its old High Street location. He was recently pleased that the school was returning to Main and High streets as part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
After graduation, Dr. Hudson served as a captain in the Army and was stationed at Valley Forge Hospital in Pennsylvania, where he cared for veterans.
A fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Hudson spent 50 years in private practice. He was on the staff of Sisters Hospital, Meyer Memorial Hospital -- later Erie County Medical Center -- and St. Francis Hospital.
He was a 50-year adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo’s Medical School as well as a former chief of cardiology at Sisters Hospital and past president of its medical staff. In retirement, he served as a medical examiner for the US Department of Defense at the Military Entrance Processing Station.
He married Helen Griffin in 1946 and, at the time of her death in 2014, they had been married for 67 years. They lived in Snyder for 55 years, where they raised six children and were active members of Christ the King Church.
Both Dr. Hudson and his wife were well known for their love of dancing and were the first on the dance floor and the last to leave it.
Dr. Hudson fished in Ontario for more than 70 summers, first as a boy on Lake of Bays and later with his wife and children on Blackstone Lake. He enjoyed bird-hunting in Georgia and on his farm in Cattaraugus County.
With his wife, he was instrumental in the formation of the Conservative Party in the state and Erie County in the early 1960s.
He was an avid reader of British history.
He is survived by three daughters, Moira H. McErlean, Sheila H. Miller and Eileen H. Wolmering; and three sons, John J. and Brian P. Hudson and the Honorable Michael E. Hudson, Judge of the New York State Court of Claims.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Dec. 22 in Christ the King Church.