History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1914, Mr. Luther Hudson established Hudson’s Funeral Home on 8th and Myrtle in Oakland, California. Twenty-nine years later, Mr. Aramis Fouché purchased the business and changed its name to Fouché's Hudson Funeral Home. In 1966, Mr. Fouché relocated the funeral home to Telegraph Avenue, where it stands today. Fouché's Hudson Funeral Home is the only new mortuary to open around Pill Hill after 1932, and one of only four that remain open today.

Mr. Fouché was known for his high standards, eye for detail, quality merchandise and extraordinary customer service. He was a personable, charming gentleman who used his business acumen to establish Fouché’s Hudson Funeral Home as a premier funeral services provider. Today, his widow and staff continue to uphold his legacy.

Pill Hill

The neighborhood known as “Pill Hill” gets its name from the hospitals located on top of a ridge along Summit between 29th and 32nd Streets. Originally the area was called “Academy Hill” for the schools that operated here from the 1860s to the 1920s. By 1928, the schools had either closed or moved away, and Peralta Hospital, Providence Hospital, and Merritt Hospital had all opened (Beth Bagwell, Oakland: The Story of a City, 1982). This area is still a complex of medical facilities, although many of the historic medical buildings have been replaced. The area also includes historic churches, flower shops and mortuaries, many of which were developed around the same time as the early hospitals. Many of the addresses in the neighborhood have served as a medical facility or supplier, a church, a florist or a mortuary.

Our Valued Staff

Mr. Aramis  Fouché

Mr. Aramis Fouché, Founder

Mr. Aramis Matthew Fouché was the owner and director of Fouché's Hudson Funeral Home from 1944 until his death in 2001. But his contribution to the community extended far beyond his duties as funeral director. For most of his life, he served as a social activist and Civil Rights leader, working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the people of Oakland.

An active supporter of the mortuary profession, Mr. Fouché organized and became the first president of the California Morticians Association. He also received many awards from various professional, civic, church and fraternal organizations, including the Certificate of Achievement from President Ronald Reagan for 20 years of service to the nation.

His other accomplishments include an appointment to the commission of Oakland Library Advisory Board; serving as administrative assistant to the Boy Scouts of America, Alameda County; receiving the Outstanding Services to Education Award; and being awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Mortuary Administration from Bethol Institute.

After a long and full life, Mr. Fouché passed away in 2001, at the age of 97. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Aloysia Fouché, who continues to operate Fouché's Hudson Funeral Home nearly one hundred years after its doors first opened.