Thomas E. "Jud" Judkins, a retired Baltimore businessman and veteran, died Thursday of complications from an infection at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 86.
The son of a steamship executive and a homemaker, Thomas Edward Judkins was born in Houston and moved in 1941 with his family to Baltimore.
He attended McDonogh School and Calvert Hall College High School, and left before graduation ceremonies to enlist in the Army Air Forces.
"He later was presented his high school diploma while he was in the Air Force," said his wife of 32 years, the former Carol Hughes.
Mr. Judkins served at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, and at a base in Utah, before being discharged at the end of World War II.
He later became an Army Reservist and served in the Quartermaster Corps until 1956, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. Judkins earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1950, from what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he played football and was a member of the wrestling team.
Mr. Judkins worked in sales for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johns Manville, D.C. Standard Acoustics and Eastern Products Inc., before starting his own business, the Judkins Association, in the early 1970s.
Located on Carroll Street in South Baltimore, the company manufactured building products for commercial use for which he held patents, said his wife. The company supplied contractors in the Baltimore-Washington-Virginia area with metal ceilings and partitions.
After closing the business in 1993, he started C. J. Finishing Systems Inc., which he owned and operated for two years until retiring in 1996.
His professional memberships included the Ceiling & Interior Systems Contractors Association.
Mr. Judkins, who was known as "Jud," had earlier lived in Stoneleigh and Homeland. He enjoyed traveling and spending vacations at his Ocean City condominium.
He was a member of the the Engineering Society of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Club, St. George's Society and the American Legion.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Judkins is survived by a stepson, Michael T. Volatile of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Judkins of Towson; a sister, Suzanne J. Sheppard of Timonium; and many nieces and nephews.
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