Indianapolis City-County Council president Maggie Lewis released this statement:
“Today, we lost an individual who many call the architect of our great city, Mayor William “Bill” Hudnut.
Mayor Hudnut was a visionary leader whose contributions forever changed the lives of families throughout our city. Committed to elevating the profile of Indianapolis, our community continues to stand on the shoulders of his many contributions and has been the beneficiary of his passion and commitment.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 says, “a good name is better than fine perfume and the day of death, better than the day of birth”. Rest well Mayor Hudnut for you have earned it. I encourage our entire community to join me in keeping the entire Hudnut family in your thoughts and prayers.”
University of Indianapolis president Rob Manuel knew Hudnut during their time at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Manuel credits Hudnut with inspiring him to apply to lead the south-side university.
"I learned about Indianapolis from listening to Bill teach courses at Georgetown. He was the best cheerleader for our city, and held the regions accomplishments and its people in the highest regard. Bill fused intellect and compassion with grace and love. I admired his ability to be engaged in many of the most pressing questions of our time throughout his life. I will miss his wit and wisdom. I am grateful that I will always be reminded of him as I am fortunate enough to live in Indianapolis where his fingerprints will forever be seen."
Outgoing Indiana Republican party chairman Jeff Cardwell reflected on Hudnut's leadership.
"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Hudnut. He was a true leader who had an deep faith and endless dedication to serving the people of Indianapolis, and demonstrated his passion and servant's heart on a daily basis for many years. He brought forth a bold vision for Indianapolis and gave new life to our city. My prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones. His impact and leadership will be known for generations to come."
OneAmerica president and CEO Scott Davison issued the following statement:
"Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut will be missed, but not forgotten. In many ways, our community today — including OneAmerica Tower, constructed in 1982 with his support and encouragement — is a legacy to his bold vision."
Indy Chamber president and CEO Michael Huber also issued a statement about Hudnut:
"As mayor of Indianapolis for 16 years, Bill Hudnut was decades ahead of his time. The man who said "you can't be a suburb of nothing" positioned Indy for explosive development in downtown and in our urban neighborhoods. He helped take Indy from "India-no-place" to a city that is consistently ranked in the top tier of U.S. cities for sports, culture and livability. Because of Mayor Hudnut, Indy now competes on a different plane, attracting and growing internationally successful companies, organizations and top talent."
From the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation:
"Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation joins the City of Indianapolis in mourning the passing of Reverend William H. Hudnut III on December 18.
Reverend Hudnut served Second Presbyterian Church from 1963 until 1972, when he was elected to Congress. Hudnut returned to Indianapolis to serve as Mayor from 1975 until 1991 – the longest serving mayor in our city’s history.
Reverend Hudnut was a friend of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. In 1967, he and Rabbi Murray Salzman began to co-host “Focus on Faith,” a public affairs program that lasted until Hudnut left for Congress. He was a frequent guest at IHC services and programs, the last visit taking place in May, 2006, when he and Rabbi Salzman revisited their “Focus on Faith” partnership to honor IHC’s 150th anniversary.
May Reverend Hudnut’s memory live on for blessing."
Indianapolis community leaders are reacting to the news that former mayor Bill Hudnut has passed away at the age of 84.