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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former University of Louisville dean, historian and civil rights leader has died.
J. Blaine Hudson died Saturday evening.
Hudson just stepped down last month from his post as dean of U of L's College of Arts and Sciences.
He had taken a medical leave of absence in August.
He was well-known for his research on Kentucky's African American history, and co-authored the book "Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History."
He had most recently co-chaired Mayor Greg Fischer task force to end violence in west Louisville.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement Saturday about Hudson's death.
"Dr. Hudson was a true public servant who cared deeply about Louisville and its people. He understood the city's history, and he selflessly shared his learnings and insights from both an academic and real-life perspective. Though he grew up in times of racial segregation, his entire life was spent helping bridge racial divides, from his work at the University of Louisville to his Saturday Academy to his book about African-American History in Louisville to his most recent work serving as co-chair of the city's violence prevention work group. He leaves a deep and lasting legacy and our city is grateful for his life."
University of Louisville president James Ramsey also released a statement Saturday night about Hudson.
"Blaine's many years and contributions as a faculty member, department chair and dean has had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on generations of U of L students. Blaine was a visionary and leader in the academy and the community. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."