Robert Roger Rudd - 01/07/2007
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PROVIDENCE - Robert Roger Rudd,

age 84, died Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the Tockwotton Home in Providence. He was the husband of Olive Jean (OJ) Whitaker Rudd.

He was born on October 24, 1922 in Clinton, New York, the son of the late Robert Barnes and Mary Rose Devereux Rudd. He graduated from (then) Portsmouth Priory School and received his BA from Hamilton College in 1944 after taking a leave to serve in the US Army in military intelligence in World War II, continuing in the Army Reserves and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service. In the course of his Army training he became fluent in the Japanese language. He received an MA in Southeast Asian Studies in 1950 from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Subsequently, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency. This service, at the birth of the CIA, meant a great deal to him and was something he remembered for the rest of his life. He lived in Japan for six and a half years with his wife, infant daughter and her brother, who was born in Tokyo.

He returned to the United States in 1956 and spent the rest of his career in business, primarily in the publishing field, most notably for art magazines such as Art in America, Art News and Art Gallery.

After moving to Newport in 2005, he joined the Dennis E. Collins Division #1 Ancient Order of Hibernians and received the Major Degree in that year.

He is survived by: OJ his wife of 61 years; and his five children and their spouses:

  • Margaret Rudd and Thomas Peden of Houston, TX;
  • Robert Rudd of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY;
  • Richard (Wick) and Maura Rudd of Newport, RI;
  • John and MJ Rudd of Wakefield, RI;
  • Katherine and Douglass Humphreys of Providence, RI, as well as
  • thirteen grandchildren, in whom he took great pleasure.
His three sisters also survive him:
  • Lee Rudd Ryan of Southbury, CT;
  • Alethea Sanford Rudd of Middletown, RI; and
  • Mary Devereux Kierstead of New York City.
His many friends also survive him.

His brother John Devereux Rudd predeceased him.

There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, January 13, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Augustinís Church in Newport with a reception following at the Hibernian Hall in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Hibernian Scholarship Fund, c/o The Ancient Order of Hibernians, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.

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