Long-time Oakland teacher William Robert "Bob" Hudson passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Edmunds, WA, where he was residing with his wife Shirley. Mr. Hudson had reached the ripe old age of 92.
He spent most of his career as a public school teacher at Oakland High School, well loved by students and colleagues alike, but his primary focus during his latter years was his lifetime partner, wife Shirley Lucille (Becraft) Hudson. Bob and Shirley first met on 65th Avenue in Oakland, CA, in 1940 when the Becraft family moved into the house next door.. They married in 1945 in Tucson, AZ, while Bob was a flight instructor with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. The two love birds remained married for 68 years and raised two children: daughter Cecilie Hudson, Seattle, WA; and son Bill Hudson, Salida, CO. He's also survived by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bob had a wry sense of humor, and loved telling jokes. He acted professionally in California, beginning as a teenager, as a radio actor in San Francisco, and later appearing in popular theatrical productions: Damn Yankees, Guys & Dolls, The Odd Couple, Macbeth, Kiss Me Kate, Bells are Ringing, Gypsy, and many more.
During his long career as a public school teacher, Bob taught various grades, from fourth grade through high school. At Oakland High School, he taught English and Drama, and directed the school's annual "term plays" for two decades. Following his retirement, he continued to serve as a substitute teacher into his early 80s.