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September 26, 2016

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September 26, 2016

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July 17, 2012
I concur with the sentiments of the previous friends' entries and add that I too was one of Jerry's "kids". What an incredible man. Memories of him and all he taught me about life and art and spiders in the Amazon follow everywhere I go. I thank him too for allowing me to dream and excel beyond what I ever expected using skills honed under his watchful eye. Thank you, Professor.
Marguerite Aitken, MD
Class of '91
Plastic Surgery Associates, PC
June 17, 2012
To the Hodge family and friends,
Professor Hodge was an extraordinary artist, craftsman, and human being. He had very high standards and impeccable taste. His infectious zeal for his interests and pursuits made an indelible impression on me and many others who got to know him. It was an honor and a privilege to attend the University of Michigan program that he developed and to learn from him and the medical illustration faculty he attracted. His incomparable artistry came through in everything he created. I will never forget how quickly he made a brooch and earrings for Claire, from the Star of India stones I brought him from India. I was elated to see Claire wearing them at the very next AMI meeting. Being one of "Jerry's kids", as some of us fondly used to say, gave me the courage and inspiration to explore and pursue new opportunities in life and work. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
June 14, 2012
We are saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. We we're always going to get together again. Time slips away too fast.
Professor Hodge was my boss and mentor from January, 1970 - October, 1973. He was an integral part of my life just as it was getting going. He was a fascinating man, artist and teacher. His work impeccable. Yet, his manor soft, gentle and dignified. I am proud to have a few of his prints. We looked forward to his stunning Christmas cards and, an original macramé still hangs proudly in our home. He introduced my husband and me to the Ann Arbor Art Fair which we seldom miss. We are proud to have called Jerry a friend over the last 42 years.
May you rest in peace, Jerry. Yours has been a life well lived.
Thank you.
Sandy & Mike Whalen
June 13, 2012
Dear Lindy, family and friends,
How saddened I was to hear of Jerry's passing. I have many fond memories over the years of both your mother and father. During the numerous exchange visits between the Michigan and Toronto programs I had the privilege of staying at their wonderful home, filled with examples of Jerry's exquisite work and fascinating eclectic collections of all kinds of things and other works of art.
Jerry was so generous with his time and expertise on so many levels, a true Rennisance man. He will be sorely missed but the memories of him and his masterful works will be a glowing tribute for years to come.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
June 12, 2012
To Jerry's family,
Jerry will not be forgotten. He is in the hearts of many members of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI). It would be difficult to count how many of us he mentored. His contributions to our profession are well documented in our minds.
Jerry was a consummate artist and perfectionist. Everything that he created was aesthetically stunning and meaningful. We were all in awe of his abilities.
I will always remember his warm smile, infectious laugh and welcoming greeting.
Thank you so much for sharing your beloved Jerry with me and with my Canadian and American colleagues.
Linda Wilson-Pauwels
Immediate Past President of the Association of Medical Illustrators
Professor and former Director, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
June 12, 2012
Jerry was one of the greats and a true gentleman. His excellence as an artist is obvious, but his legacy is also demonstrated by the many Michigan graduates who continue his mission. He will be missed dearly, but his work and the lives he touched will live on.
June 12, 2012
This man is still a legend, -and a National Treasure! Everything I have read here I have felt and experienced for myself. Professor Hodge was the reason for so many students attending Michigan, and then carrying on his traditions. Many grads hold top positions in this field around the country and the world, a testament to his influence and success as an educator. He commanded a standing ovation at the 100th Celebration of Medical Illustration in Baltimore last summer, simply by standing up and saying his name. He was the master and at the very top of his field, -everyone recognized that and paid him the respect he deserved.
His artwork is always a treat to take in, -his talents were endless along with his patience and technique. It never ceased to amaze me what he had done last and what he was working on at the moment. And he did that all of his life!
On a personal note, Jerry was the most interesting guy I think I've ever met! He and Claire were a sweet couple and I'm so lucky and blessed to have known them.
Lindy and John, thank you for sharing your Dad all these years, -condolences to you and your family. Please know the incredible influence he had on me and the others whose lives were changed forever by Gerald Parker Hodge.
June 12, 2012
With deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful, generous soul. His talents that he shared with so many will live on forever. I am so fortunate to have in my home one of his paintings. I will cherish it always and remember Jerry Hodge with affection and thanks for his generous nature.
June 12, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Hodge family.

Professor Hodge was the most influential mentor I ever had. Although he taught techniques for medical illustration, I learned a lot more from him about diligence, persistence, craftsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence.

I wish I could thank him again for all he did to help me and for the inspiration he provided.
June 12, 2012
Gerry's legacy is not just the astounding talent that touched thousands in so many different fields, but in his kindness, good nature and spirit. The world is better just for him having been here. Rest in peace, Gerry.

Sue Seif and Stu Kirkland

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A familiar pose. AMI workshop 2011 Florence, Italy - 2009

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