Cynthia Hudson Morton is the sister of Laura C. Hudson '71 and established this scholarship in her memory. New Orleans native Laura C. Hudson '71 worked on Capitol Hill for more than 40 years. As a member of former U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Jr.’s staff, she oversaw efforts to create four national parks: the Cane River National Heritage Historical Park, Cane River National Heritage Area, a 20,000-acre Jean Lafitte National Historical Park south of New Orleans, and Jean Lafitte’s affiliated New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. She also directed efforts to establish the U.S. National Park Service Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches. In addition to the national parks, Sen. Johnston and Hudson secured tens of thousands of acres in Louisiana dedicated as wildlife refuge lands. Sen. Johnston credited Hudson with being “the brains” behind the success and growth of WIC, a U.S. Agriculture Department program for women, infants and children. Later in her career she worked for the Washington office of Unocal Corp., which was acquired by Chevron Corp. There she served as international government affairs manager, overseeing Chevron’s policy issues in many countries around the world until her retirement. At Chevron, she negotiated between the United States and Myanmar despite government-imposed sanctions. Hudson played a major role in securing funding to support a wide range of nonprofits and academic organizations in Louisiana. She was a strong force behind passage of the Native American Graves Repatriation and Protection Act of 1990. Hudson also established a public library on the island of Pohnpei, capital of the Federated States of Micronesia; was an advocate for deeper ties between the United States and Southeast Asia; and was a mentor and role model for many. Laura C. Hudson passed away in 2014.
Photo: Battlefield Yearbook, 1971