I recently received word that Jim Hudec, an old friend of mine during my days with the Defense Department at Fort Meade, had passed away Feb 24 in Celebration, Fla. Many of his coworkers and friends admired him for his honesty and integrity. His wife Marge sent me a note stating that they used to live in Columbia, and that their sons Jamie and Jeff played sports here. She also told me that her granddaughter, Annie Hudec, plays soccer at Wilde Lake High School. Annie already knows how great her grandfather was, and we only want to echo that sentiment. He was one of a kind, and will be missed by many of us who knew him.