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Philip Charles Hudler

Philip Charles Hudler

Philip Charles Hudler, 67, passed away on November 17 following a lengthy illness. He was born and raised in Cloquet where he lived until moving to Minneapolis to attend college. After earning a degree in Forestry from the University of Minnesota, Philip spent his early working years directing logging projects on Alaska's environmentally sensitive, coastal slopes. He eventually married and moved to Tasmania, Australia where he raised cattle, goats, and sheep on a productive tree farm until representatives of Australia's forest industry became aware of the skills he had acquired in Alaska. Then, Phil was employed to apply his knowledge of steep slope ecosystem preservation to management of native eucalyptus forests in Victoria and Tasmania. His career as a consultant to the forest industry continued until retirement in 2008. Thereafter, he filled his days in the company of his partner, Alison MacKenzie, at their home in Swan Bay, Tasmania tending to his gardens, managing a small woodlot, fishing (a lot!), honing his guitar skills, and challenging visitors to a game of Scrabble. Although Phil lived abroad for many years, he returned to Minnesota regularly and was a loving and thoughtful son and brother. The family recalls fondly that Philip was an inspiration for all of them - always taking the most adventurous road in pursuit of his dreams. In addition to his partner, Mr. Hudler is survived by brothers George (Ithaca, NY) and Steve (Grand Marais) and sisters Connie Balcom (Minneapolis), Barb Cella (Bend, OR) and Wendy (Clifton Forge, VA) as well as many nieces, nephews, and grand nephews.