In Memoriam

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we report the passing of the following NCHC members within recent months. These individuals enriched our lives and our community, and we ask that you join us in remembering them fondly.

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Charles (Jack) Dudley, director of the University Honors program at Virginia Tech for nearly two decades, died on March 25, 2019 at the age of 78. Jack joined Virginia Tech as an associate professor of sociology in 1974 and assumed leadership of University Honors in 1990. Soon after his retirement in 2008, Virginia Tech honored him with emeritus status. Through his leadership and guidance, the honors program grew significantly. He created its first two residential communities, a new curriculum designed to integrate students into citizenship, and four new honors diplomas. The program has since become the Virginia Tech Honors College. As director, Dudley mentored countless students toward national and international scholarship awards, including Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and many other nationally recognized awards. Jack attended NCHC conferences throughout the 1990s and his last conference attendance was in 2009 in Washington D.C. In his later years attending NCHC, he was a hallway fixture of impromptu advising to new honors directors. He was a colorful character and was beloved by alumni and colleagues, as demonstrated by a poem crafted soon after his passing: You Don't Know Jack

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