Carl William Ludvik passed away in Washington, DC on November 30, 2010. Born in Walsenburg, Colorado on July 4, 1933 to Louis and Jennie Ludvik. He graduated from Walsenburg High School in 1951 and received the Admiral Holloway Naval Scholarship. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, he spent 4 years as a pilot in the Navy where he got a taste of the world. Following the Navy, Carl graduated from the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona, and embarked on a career with First National Citibank in Latin America. In 1974 he was invited to participate in the Presidential Executive Exchange Program and spent the year working in the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. He really liked Washington DC and made it his home. In 1976 he joined the World Bank and stayed there until he retired in 1989. Never one to be idle he started a charcoal business in Mexico in 1995 which continues to this day, and became a driving force in promoting sustainable forestry practices throughout the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Louis and Jim and his sister Martha McMaster. He is survived by his siblings Richard (Marlene) Ludvik and Lorrain (Dean) Hopkins; his wife Julie Ludvik of Winter Springs, Florida; his daughters Allison Ludvik and Caroline (Daniel) Johnson; his beloved grandchildren Elliot and Liam Johnson and numerous nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.
A private service was held in Washington, DC on December 11. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 121 East 7th Street, Walsenburg, Colorado on Saturday, January 8 at 1:00 pm. A reception will be held at the Walsenburg Golf Course restaurant beginning at 4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the The Bement School Annual Fund, 94 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 8, Deerfield, MA 01342 or at www.Bement.org in his honor and loving support of his grandchildren.