A Tribute to Dorothy Hudgins
Submitted by Art Larson
Following Reed Buffington’s tribute to late college trustee
Dorothy Hudgins, Art Larson contributed this entry.
CARE, the Chabot College-Las Positas Association of Retired
Employees, owes a tremendous debt to Dorothy Hudgins. This tribute
is the least we current members can now do to honor her.
Dorothy was a loyal and faithful friend of CARE from its beginning
and throughout the rest of her life.
When the creation of an organization for the retired employees of
Chabot College was first conceived and discussed by several
retirees, Dorothy was a member of the District Board of Trustees. In
informal conversations with individuals working on the concept, she
expressed great interest and support.
The initial plans were finished and presented to the Board by the
committee recommending that the organization be accepted and
approved as an adjunct program of the College and the District. It
was a new and foreign idea about which some Board members were a bit
leery. Dorothy played a very important role in discussing the
purpose and value of such an organization. The Board accepted the
plans, and CARE was approved as an organization representing
retirees, but one for which the District had no financial or other
responsibility. The support of the District Board has continued
through the ensuing years.
Upon her retirement from the Board of Trustees, she immediately
joined CARE, and quickly became active on its Board of Directors.
Dorothy chaired a number of activities and maintained a liaison with
the Associated Students and its Scholarship program. She faithfully
attended the Student Awards Banquets. She served two terms as
President of CARE. Because of her long-term membership on the
District Board of Trustees, she was able to give valuable advice and
leadership to both the Board and the CARE Board in representing the
interests of retirees. Retirees had no organization other than CARE
to represent them in protecting commitments previously made in
matters such as their Health Plan Benefits.
Dorothy continued on the CARE Board of Directors until her health
dictated otherwise. In June of 2006, the CARE Board of Directors
presented Dorothy with a lifelong position of FOUNDING DIRECTOR
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