2013 Hall of Fame Honoree
Mr. George D. Hudman, LTC, USA, Ret., ’53
A 1991 OMA Distinguished Alumnus, Lt. Col. George Hudman could trace his successful military and business careers to his time spent on”The Hill.” Hudman, who passed away in June 2012, entered the Oklahoma Military Academy in 1949.
By the time he graduated from OMA in 1953, he left an indelible mark on the school and its football program, where he was recognized as a Junior College All-American fullback. Hudman is enshrined in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and is the only player in OMA’s history to have been named an All-American. His senior year, the football team scored a total of 190 points, of which Hudman was responsible for 19 touchdowns and 19 extra points, accounting for 70 percent of the team’s total offense that year. He also lettered in basketball, baseball and track.
Hudman served as president of his junior college sophomore class, was Corps Adjutant and designated a distinguished military graduate. After graduating from OMA, he received a management degree from the University of Tulsa in 1955 and later earned a master’s degree in economics from Louisiana State University in 1960.
Hudman was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1955 and was stationed in Korea. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He also completed Airborne training, Ranger training and the defense attache’ course. He later served in Italy before returning with the 1st Air Cavalry to duty in Vietnam, where he was a highly decorated officer.
He retired from active duty in 1976 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Among his honors, Hudman received the legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
In the private sector, he opened a successful private investigation company and later served as president and CEO of Selected Financial Services, a full-service brokerage firm in Arizona. He also served as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission for Paradise Valley, Ariz., and was past president of the Arizona Association of Mortgage Brokers.