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E. Samuel (Sam) Dudley

February 9, 2011

On February 6, 2011, E. Samuel (Sam) Dudley reached the end of 87 years of a full, productive life, and has entered the Church Eternal.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Sam was the only child of Elford (Buddy) and Anna Dudley, fond, supportive parents, and he returned their love wholeheartedly. He graduated from Granby High School, continued his education at the Norfolk Division of William and Mary, furthered his studies at the University of Michigan, where he lettered in gymnastics and attained a B.B.A. in personnel management and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in speech. After three years of teaching speech at the University of Alabama, he moved to Starkville, Miss. in 1962 to begin the formation of the Speech Department at Mississippi State University, continuing as its head for twenty years, through its development into the Department of Communication.
He was privileged to function in a number of educational roles and activities. He coached a four-person university student team and accompanied them to New York City for a two-time appearance on the nationally televised academic College Bowl. He was a member of a faculty team sponsored by the College of Education which traveled to public schools throughout Mississippi to conduct workshops helping faculties with communication as they approached full-scale integration of the races. He was the director of the first SPATS program at MSU, a summer program offering academically talented rising high school seniors the opportunity to take college courses and have those credits transferred to the college of their choice upon graduation from high school. He was a member of the first Mississippi Educational Television Board of Directors, helped develop and then teach the first telecommunication course for credit in conjunction with Mississippi Valley State University, was the first host for the ETV program, “Mississippi Roads”; was an exchange professor at Meisei University in Tokyo, Japan; and spent two years at Fujian Medical College in Fuzhou, Fujian, China, teaching conversational English.
Over a period of many years, Sam was a consultant and workshop leader for the International Right of Way Association, training their negotiators in interpersonal communication. He was President of the Southern Speech Communication Association. He authored two books, “Bridge Across the Pacific” (focusing on bicultural considerations in English conversation) and “The ‘Greatest Generation’: A Closer Look” (a mini-biography which includes his experiences in the Battle of the Bulge, where he spent five months in combat in World War II, earning two purple hearts and a bronze star).
Sam was a charter member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Pinks, having courted her for 63 years; by a daughter, Sandra, and her husband Scott Shepherd; and by a son David, his wife Kathryn, and their son Sam, and their daughter Janet and her husband, Dakotah Campbell.
Memorial services are scheduled for Thursday, March 10th at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville, MS, with the visitation immediately following at the church. Rev. Buren Blankenship will conduct the service.
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