NBA player Lou Hudson dies at 69; Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dies at 59

April 12
Lou Hudson,
NBA player

Lou Hudson, a smooth-
shooting star for the Hawks who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, died April 11 in Atlanta. He was 69.

The cause was complications from a stroke, the Hawks said.

Mr. Hudson, a native of Greensboro, N.C., and a six-time all-star nicknamed “Sweet Lou,” played for the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta. The guard-forward averaged 20.2 points for his career. He spent 11 seasons with the Hawks and finished with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.

His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks, joining Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins as the only other Hawks players so honored. His No. 14 was retired by the University of Minnesota, where he was one of the school’s first black players.

Beginning with the 1969-70 season, Mr. Hudson averaged at least 24 points in five straight seasons. In his years with the Hawks, he averaged at least 20 points seven times.

He set a career high with his average of 27.1 points per game in the 1972-73 season.

He scored 57 points against Chicago on Nov. 10, 1969, matching the franchise record also set by Pettit and Wilkins.

Ron Pundak,
Israeli peace activist

Ron Pundak, an Israeli academic and peace activist who was instrumental in initiating peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s, died April 11, it was reported from Jerusalem. He was 59.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the cause of death was cancer.

Through academic connections, Dr. Pundak helped initiate backdoor communications between Israel and the Palestinians that paved the way for interim peace accords. The agreements — known as the Oslo Accords, after the secret talks in Norway that preceded them — created the Palestinian Authority and set up autonomous zones for the Palestinians.

The landmark talks ultimately failed to yield a final peace agreement. Two decades and several rounds of violence later, peace remains elusive and the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are in disarray.

Dr. Pundak’s books included “Secret Channel: Oslo — the Full Story.” He was the executive director of the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv-Jaffa from 2001 to 2012.

— From news services