In Memory

Charles Henry Cudney

Charles Henry Cudney was born July 15, 1947 to parents Charles Victor and Mary Mildred Cudney. 

He graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1965, where he was an honor student with excellent skills in debate and extemporaneous speaking, and earned a lifetime membership in the National Honor Society.  He was a participant in the Sun Youth Forum his junior and senior years.

Charles was a Dean's List student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he graduated with honors in 1969 with a B.S in English.  He received his Master's Degree from University of Chicago in 1973.

He was News Editor for the Walla Walla Union Tribune, and taught debate at DeSales Catholic High School in Walla Walla for a brief period.  He then began his long career at Walla Walla Community College, where he taught English, philosophy, and literature.

He passed away October 23, 2011 in Walla Walla, Washington, age 64. 


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10/20/14 10:43 PM #1    

Kay Kent (Furniss)

Charles was one of the people I was looking forward to seeing at our 50th reunion.  Hal Whipple let me know about his passing and sent this picture of Hal, Brent Adams and Charles when Bruce passed away.

10/20/14 10:46 PM #2    

Kay Kent (Furniss)

The last time I saw Charles was the day we graduated.  Here is a picture of us at LVHS.  He was a great friend, a lot of fun and so smart!



10/20/14 10:50 PM #3    

Kay Kent (Furniss)

We exchanged Christmas cards.  This one tells about his life after HS.  I tried to contact him in 1997 while working on assignment for the bank in Idaho close to Walla Walla but we never connected.  Part two on the next entry. 



10/20/14 10:52 PM #4    

Kay Kent (Furniss)

11/08/14 07:14 PM #5    

Judy Dennison

Charles was born July 15, 1947, and died October 23, 2011 in Walla Walla, Washington, where he taught literature at Walla Walla Community College.  

1.  The following is a review of Charles by a student:

"Each winter I revisit Tom Jones, Sophia, and the good Squire Allworthy.  Mr. Cudney's enthusiasm for this novel was infectious, and his love of the subject was matched only by his knowlege."

2.  The following was posted on the funeral home website, in memory of Charles, by Robert (Bob) Martin (LVHS 1965).

Charles was a good friend of mine at Las Vegas High School. He was bright, articulate and kind. I have many memories of his creative spirt in Madame Pivornick's French class and the English classes of Mr. Butterfield and Mrs. Butler. I am certain that he was a fine educator. My condolences to his family and friends.
Robert Martin 

Posted by: Robert Martin - Las Vegas, NV - high school friend   Aug 17, 2012


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