With great sadness, we marked in 2018 the passing of Richard (Dick) Hudnut, BHMA Standards Coordinator from 1965 to 1995. He died in Branchburg, New Jersey at the age of 93. As the first Standards Coordinator, Mr. Hudnut was responsible, along with the early members, for setting the patterns and processes that guide the vigorous Standards Development Program that we follow today.
He initiated involvement, and his work and leadership with outside groups helped to build a foundation for the recognition and prominence that BHMA enjoys today. He was an instructor (AHC) with the Door and Hardware Institute, Chairman of the 1992 cycle of the A117.1 Accessible Routes Committee, a member of several NFPA Committees and active with ANSI (including stints as Chairman of the Executive Standards Council and Chairman of the Appeals Board). Mr. Hudnut also managed to attend the meetings of the model code groups when there were three regional ones. In addition to his technical work and leadership of subcommittee meetings, Mr. Hudnut was a great catalyst to Annual Meeting social interactions, fostering valuable relationships and, in many ways, helping to set the foundation for the cooperative culture of BHMA.
BHMA has created the Richard A. Hudnut Distinguished Service Award in honor of his years of outstanding service to BHMA. This service award recognizes exemplary performance by individuals identified by their peers as having consistently demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the standards and code development process of BHMA.