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Robert Thomas Hudzik

June 20, 1946 June 11, 2009
Robert Thomas Hudzik
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Robert Thomas Hudzik, passed away after a long illness on June 11, 2009. He was the devoted husband of Cynthia (nee Thompson) Hudzik, loving son of Betty (nee Gilmore) and the late Michael Hudzik, dear brother of Michael, Donald, Charles and Allan Hudzik, and will be deeply missed by numerous nieces and nephews, many, many friends in the literary community and cats, Zen, Cloud and LuLu. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorials may be directed to the League for Animal Welfare, 4193 Taylor Rd, Batavia, OH 45103. The following article on Mr. Hudzik's life appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer on 6/17/2009: TERRACE PARK � Robert Hudzik, poet and librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, died Thursday at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 62. As the head of the library�s films and recordings department for more than 20 years, he oversaw the growth of that section, with a wealth of independent and foreign films. �He built this extraordinary collection out of his taste in films,� said his wife, Cynthia, who also is a film buff. Mr. Hudzik�s other passion was poetry. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer�s Workshop, where he was awarded a prize from the Academy of American Poets. His poems appeared in journals such as �Poetry� and �The Cincinnati Review.� A collection of his work, �From the Tree,� was published in 1995. Mr. Hudzik was born June 20, 1946, in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, near Youngstown. He and his wife met at the University of Cincinnati, where Mr. Hudzik was �a misguided pre-med student,� Cynthia said, �until he saw that poetry was the way to go.� They were married on his birthday in 1969. He retired in 2007. Greg Edwards, library services director, said Mr. Hudzik was the driving force behind the library�s �Poetry in the Garden� series every April, which brought in poets from around the country, including Billy Collins and Louise Gl�ck. �That program, I think, is a lasting legacy and tribute to Bob,� Edwards said. �He was a really good poet who deserved a wider audience,� said Jim Cummins, curator of the Elliston Poetry Collection at UC. �He was very knowledgeable about art, especially poetry and film, and a great resource to have in our city.� When Mr. Hudzik was diagnosed with ampullary cancer in the bile duct 10 years ago, he started to study and practice tai chi chuan, a meditative form of exercise for health and balance, with Master Mok Lau. Cynthia Hudzik emphasized her husband�s generosity, empathy, and courage. �He never ever complained, never ever cried, never ever moaned,� she said. �He lived his life straight ahead.� Other survivors include his mother, Betty Hudzik of Youngstown, and his brothers, Michael, Donald, Charles, and Allan, all near Youngstown. Services are pending. Memorials: Animal Welfare League of Cincinnati, 4193 Taylor Road, Batavia, OH 45103

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