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2023 Distinguished Retiree Award – Drs. Anne and Sigmund Hudson

Drs. Anne and Sigmund Hudson standing outside in front of a lake

The recipients of the Distinguished Retiree Award in 2023 are Dr. Anne Hudson, Professor Emerita of Mathematics, and Dr. Sigmund Hudson, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, both retirees from the former Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern). Drs. Hudson were very active in service when faculty members at Armstrong, both in service to Armstrong and in service to their community, and they extended their service into their retirement years.

An example of how the Hudsons helped bring their community and the university together was their service as mentors to junior faculty as they became acquainted with Savannah and the university. In addition, they were faithful at welcoming visiting musicians and scholars to their home for overnight stays.

Their civic contributions ranged from tending the garden at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home to making repairs at the Union Mission to serving as math tutors for children in their neighborhood to donating blankets and sleeping bags to the Community of St. Joseph for homeless people.

The Hudsons founded the Baldwin Park Neighborhood Association in Savannah in 1976 and fulfilled their commitment to serve that area for more than 40 years, at which time they moved out of state. They made sure new neighbors were welcomed to that community, including receiving a hand-made gift from Anne. They organized neighborhood activities and celebrations, visited those who were ill, and made sure the elderly and those in need received food when needed. 

As a recognition of their contributions to the university, the Armstrong Alumni selected the Hudsons to be among the top faculty members across the 80-plus years of Armstrong’s history. Their names are included on the wall of notable accomplishments, inspiration, and support in the Burnett Hall of the Alumni Center on the Armstrong Campus.

The Georgia Southern University Retirees Association is proud to honor Drs. Anne and Sigmund Hudson for their life of continued service activities that reflect so positively on Georgia Southern University.

USG Retiree Council Spring 2023 Meeting Minutes & Attachments

Gretsch Exhibit Tour

Four Gretsch guitars on display.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Georgia Southern University Retirees Association hosted a free reception and tour of the exhibit Manufacturing Music: 140 Years of Gretsch Legacy. The exhibit, curated by the Georgia Southern Museum, was on display at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Three men standing at the Gretsch exhibit.
Guest speakers (from left to right) Aaron Phillips (Gretsch Project Coordinator), Dr. Matthew Hill (Gretsch Collection Curator of Permanent Collections, Loans, and Exhibitions), and Dr. Brent Tharp (GS Museum Director) discussed the development of the guitars and drums created by the Gretsch Manufacturing Company from its founding in 1883 to modern day.
A collection of different Gretsch instruments inside a showcase.

The exhibit highlighted many of the instruments and the artists that made Gretsch a respected name in the world of music. The presenters also shared details about how this exciting gift by Fred and Dinah Gretsch will enhance Georgia Southern University.

Two men and a woman standing around at the Gretsch exhibit.

Retirees and the University Libraries

Retirees are welcome to use the university libraries on both campuses. If a retiree has not obtained a Georgia Southern ID card, a Community Borrower’s library card may be obtained from either the Zach S. Henderson Library or the Lane Library circulation desk. This card, along with a valid photo ID, may be used to check out library materials.

Retirees are welcome to check out books, DVDs, and headphones and may borrow up to five items at a time from the general collections (with some exclusions). General library policies will apply to retirees, as they are to campus users of the library (fines for overdue items, etc.).

Retirees are welcome to use designated computers located in Henderson and Lane Libraries on a first-come, first-serve basis. The computers provide access to electronic databases to which the Libraries subscribes. You may need to use retiree ID number when logging onto the computers. Check out the Library link for hours open and other information: and note the tab Services for Retirees, Alumni, and Community that includes more information specific to retirees.

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The GSU-Retirees Association welcomes contributions through the Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit tax-exempt organization, The GSURA account number is #GS0008.

Last updated: 7/6/2023