By: Nafeesa Syeed
Garven F. Hudgins, a former Associated Press foreign correspondent who covered the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, has died, his family said. He was 84.
Hudgins died June 23 at a Potomac, Md., nursing home after suffering from dementia for three years, said his son Rob Hudgins of Centreville, Md.
The journalist joined the AP in 1951 in New York and later served as a reporter and editor for the news service in London, Paris and Cairo, and as its bureau chief in Istanbul, his son said.
A colleague described him as unassuming and personable throughout a career spent covering high-profile topics such as Nazi mastermind Eichmann, whom Israel pursued, captured, tried and hanged in 1962.
“He was mild-mannered, modest, hard working,” said George McArthur, 83, of Vienna, Va., a former bureau chief for the AP in Cairo. “He was a good editor as well as being a good reporter. He had a good eye for detail ? little things didn’t get by him.”
Before joining the AP, the 1949 Yale graduate served in World War II as part of the press corps. He was born March 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va.
Rob Hudgins remembers his family fleeing Cairo before the 1967 Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel while his father stayed behind to cover it. But he said his father was among hundreds of foreigners who were quickly expelled from the country.
“The thing that stands out is the upbringing we got and (being) exposed to many different cultures,” Rob Hudgins, 55, said. “I am very grateful.”
McArthur said Hudgins advised him on matters in the Middle East.
“He kept me informed about the intricacies of the Arab world, which he understood very well,” McArthur said.
Hudgins retired from the AP in 1971 and became an administrator at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He worked there for 20 years, retiring as assistant to the group’s director.
Garven Hudgins Jr., 58, of Potomac, Md., said his father “loved working for the AP.”
“I was going through his correspondence, letters written among foreign correspondents. The writing was incredibly elegant and witty,” he said.
Hudgins’ wife, Jane Moore Hudgins, died in October 2005.
Hudgins is survived by his two sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.