Col. Arthur Francis Hudgins, a retired career Army officer and Baltimore hospital official, died of pneumonia Saturday at his Annapolis home. He was 82.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Dolphin Street, near the Fifth Regiment Armory, Colonel Hudgins graduated in 1940 from Frederick Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.
Enlisting in the Army in 1943, he rose from company clerk to colonel during nearly three decades in the military.
During World War II, he served in Normandy as a truck driver with the famed Red Ball Express, which kept troops supplied with gasoline, food and ammunition, and earned four battle stars.
Later, graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Eustis, Va., he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps, where he spent his career. Colonel Hudgins was a logistics officer at Fort Meade on his 1971 retirement.
From 1971 until 1984, he was vice president of support services at the old Provident Hospital.
A longtime resident of Harlem Avenue in Baltimore, he had lived in Annapolis in recent years. His wife of 47 years, the former Elynore A. Sutton, died in 1990.
He was an active member of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, where services were held yesterday.
Surviving are three sons, Carlos W. Hudgins, Stuart L. Hudgins and Arthur S. Hudgins, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Frances E. Hudgins-Russell of Annapolis and Eleanor O. Hudgins-Jordan of Washington; and seven grandchildren.