Richard Howard Hudson, 70, USC mathematics professor and Eagle Scout scoutmaster

Richard Howard Hudson

Richard Howard Hudson

Dr. Richard Howard Hudson, 70, passed away at home Friday, May 20, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. He was born Sept. 29, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., to Miller and Mary Howard Hudson.

Dr. Hudson graduated from Sherwood High School in Maryland and the University of North Carolina. He received his doctorate in mathematics from Duke University. He was a professor at the University of South Carolina for 32 years, and though he published more than 60 papers in his field of number theory, his greatest love at the university was in teaching.

Following his father’s footsteps, Dr. Hudson avidly researched genealogy, discovering numerous distant cousins and famous ancestors around the world. He was an avid marathon runner won a 100-km (62-mile) race in 1982. Dr. Hudson was especially proud of his internationally-acclaimed contribution toward the discovery of the smallest prime number x for which π(x)>li(x).

But his proudest accomplishments came as a scoutmaster, helping guide 37 young men to become Eagle Scouts. Many of them visited and wrote to him in his final days, reminding us of a statement often recited in Scouts, ‘A hundred years from now it will not matter how much money I had, how large my house was, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.’ There is no question that Dr. Hudson made that difference.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; twin brother, Miller; sons Paul, Joel, William and James, and their spouses Heather, Jennifer and Amanda; and nine (soon to be 10) grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Richard H. Hudson Scholarship Fund, USC Educational Foundation, 1027 Barnwell St., Columbia, SC 29201, which supports an Eagle Scout attending USC.

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