On October 26, 2012 Dr. Hudson Shedd left this life and entered the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Shedd was the director emeritus of GMSA. Terry Thompson shared this with the mission family: “We sorrow, but not as the world. We’ll soon be together for eternity.”
From Hudson’s obituary: Hudson Paul Shedd (January 15, 1926 – October 26, 2012) was the first of Leslie and Della Shedd’s four children to be born, and he is the first of them to go to Glory. All were born in Bolivia. Hudson’s siblings are Helen Ekstrom, Russell Shedd (and wife Pat), and Phyllis Martin.
Hudson Paul, named for missionaries Hudson Taylor and Paul the Apostle, was born in the small Bolivian town of San Pedro. He caem to the United States for school when he was only 12 years old. By age 24 (in 1950), Hudson had returned to Bolivia. There he began a life-long commitment to missionary service that would later include Chile,e Uruguay, and the United States and affiliation with Bolivian Indian Mission (now part of S.I.M.) and Gospel Mission of South America.
Shortly before Hudson’s return to Bolivia, he married Myra May James on September 10, 1949 in Rushford, New York. Five sons, including baby Samuel who died just prior to birth, were given to Myra and Hudson during their 12 years in Bolivia. The other four sons are James (Janet), Paul (Robin), David (Lisa), and Daniel (Sheryl). Myra passed away June 23, 2004 in Bradenton (Missionary Village). Their family has now grown to include 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Education for Hudson included degrees from Wheaton College and Faith Theological Seminary. Florida Bible College conferred an honorary doctorate on him as well. His home and sending church is First Baptist in Doylestown, PA.
Hudson will be remember as a tireless worker and storyteller (often humorous!). He faithfully ministered for Jesus Christ with spiritual gifts of mercy and teaching, always linked to a life of prayer and acts of service. He consistentl lived out Paul’s words in Philippians 2:3-4, looking out for the “interests of others.” He shared his faith by word and action, genuinely caring about and praying for hundreds of people.
Bradenton was Hudson’s home for the last 18 years of his life, just as it was the last place on earth his Dad lived. Calvary Baptist was their home church in Bradenton. Hudson expressed gratitude often, as much by actions as in words. We will remember Hudson as a special family man, a faithful missionary, an ambassador of mercy, and a humble servant of the Almighty God.