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
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.
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.
Sandy & Mike Whalen
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.
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.
Immediate Past President of the Association of Medical Illustrators
Professor and former Director, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by God, also by the words in the Bible at Philemon 4-7 along with the support and love of your family and friends.
The first time I walked into Jerry's class, I knew I was home. No matter what odd idea I brought to him, he could show me a technique that made my idea sing. He gave me confidence in myself and in my art. I'll miss him every time I look at his little fortune cookie painting in my studio, "Your love of detail is both a blessing and a curse." My blessing was in knowing him. Que te duermes con los angelitos.
Condolences to the families and friends of Mr. Hodges. Just reading the thoughts about him made me wish I was old enough back in the 70's to have experience his teaching. He sound like he was a very talent,compassionate and excellent teacher to many. Something definitely to be proud of.May you throw all your burdens on Jehovah and He will sustain you all.
Sorry for the Hodge's loss. May your family feel God's comfort & peace on your family during this difficult time. (Romans 15:33)
With deepest sympathy to the Hodge family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during diifficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
It is hard to imagine how different my life would have been had I not been accepted into the Medical Illustration program at Michigan with Professor Hodge. What an incredible experience those two and a half years were and what wonderful memories I have of that time. The faculty and program directed by Jerry was exceptional. Standing over his shoulder while he demonstrated his pen and ink and carbon dust techniques was something I'll never forget. He made it look so easy. The training and course work was rigorous but when you left the program, you were well prepared to meet the challenges of being a professional medical illustrator. May you rest in peace knowing you left a significant mark on this world. You will always be remembered by those of us you taught. My condolences to Professor Hodge's family.
Class of 1973
Although I did not follow through on my original intent of Medical Illustration, he was the reason I attended the University of Michigan. My gratitude abounds.
Jerry, you were very kind to me and you'll be dearly missed. May God take your soul to Heaven, where you'll spend your eternity here.
Thank you, Jerry, for touching my life. It was an honor and a pleasure to have known you! You will be greatly missed!
I cherish the time that I watched this awesome illustrator at the 2010 GNSI conference in Raleigh, NC. He was indeed a passionate teacher, always sharing! "O C" Carlisle, Athens, GA
Jerry has had a profound influence on all who have met him. I was so very fortunate to have been one of his students in the late 70's at Michigan. His artistic aesthetic and integrity and sheer love of nature appealed to me immediately and I have carried that sensibility since. As a teacher and mentor none compare. His critique was always sought and appreciated and it was always delivered with sincerity; his goal was to make each of us better artists. His artwork is the top of the top, a level we have each aspired to attain. Finally, his love of life and people was infectious; spending time with him was joyous! I send my condolences to his family.
Please accept my deepest sympathies, there are no words powerful enough to express sorrow for your loss. It is not very often we get to hear of someone living such a long full life, as the Psalmist describes - "with special mightiness". May your memories bring you joy while you are sustained by the God of comfort in this time of distress. Love from God and those around you will help you through the days ahead as you begin to recover gradually from the pain.
Prof. Hodge was my teacher at the Smithsonian in Summer 1983. He truly was a wonderful teacher and his art works were exquisite. He contributed hugely to the world.
To the the family of Gerald Hodge - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
Professor hodge was a great teacher....he taught me how to live
I was a student of Jerry's in the medical illustration program in the 80's. Jerry Hodge was an extraordinary artist and teacher. His exuberance and his drive to create and innovate left a lasting impression on all of his students. He inspired us by his ability to see beauty and design in anything that was living. He was in every sense, a true scholar and artist. I extend my condolences to his family. I am sure that he will be missed by many people, including those who had the privilege to know him as a teacher.
When I worked in the bio illustration department, Jerry was always so kind and encouraging.
I got to know him better later on with mutual friends and as a neighbor. He was a true gentleman and an inspiration as an artist and as a vivacious, interesting human being, who despite age and ill health, kept a vigorous social life, artistic output and inquisitive mind. Jerry, you will be missed.
Melinda, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your father at the Hopkins centennial. Your dad was a delightful person. My parents had always referred to him with great fondness and I am happy that I got to meet him. I sympathize with you and others who knew your father well and loved him.
Jerry had a fineness about him. His profile as a person had a sharpness about it that was related to his extraordinary art. I attended a show of work by one of the graduating classes and will never forget the cross-section of a nautilus done by Marlene DenHouter. It spoke not only to her talent but to Jerry's teaching. He gave new meaning to the word "unique."
Ruth Reynolds, Ann Arbor
It was an honor to have known Jerry. He was a wonderful, gracious person.
Werner and Gisela Dahm,
I love this photo of Jerry! It reminds me so much of the first time I saw him. I was a nervous applicant to his medical illustration program and had flown all night from California to Ann Arbor to have an interview. Jerry was welcoming, quickly helping me feel comfortable at Med Sci II which was home to the department in 1983. We had a great talk and then he showed me around a large studio filled with students excited about drawing medical subjects! I was thrilled to be invited to join the program the next year and, when I returned the program did not dissapoint. Jerry, I know that wherever you are now you are completely engrossed in a drawing, probably involving a new technique you've just developed, possibly one using coffee grounds, but certainly the end result will be magnificently done.
When I woke this morning, I remembered there was one person less on the planet to love. It was not unexpected,not even unwanted, but sad just the same.
Jerry had the magical gift of magnetism. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was my best friend here in Ann Arbor and I can only say that he made my life a lot more interesting and fun. I don't think I a day will pass without remembering some fond memory of Gerald.
My family and I extend our deepest condolences to Jerry's closest. Jerry was a special, caring, kind, talented, wonderful and extraordinary man, who offered so much to the world. He will be sorely missed and will surely maintain a place in many people's hearts.
We fondly remember Mr. Hodge as neighbors and then as friends. We had a wonderful time with him last year in Florence, Italy. He was a very kind and thoughtful person.
Betsy and Charles Suits
Professor Hodge was one of the most profound men I've met in my life. His influence upon the lives of others cannot be calculated... he altered my own life dramatically, both in its direction and in its quality. Even today, twenty years after I last spoke with him, I think of him often in my own work as a professor. My teaching approach is largely modeled after his manner of gently revealing the truth of one's talents, then kindly suggesting distinct ways of improving and going further. Only my father has had more of an impact on my life, and I hold the same loving regard for both men. Time has taken Professor Hodge, but never his memory. Rest in peace Jerry... you were a blessing to us all.
Jerry holds a special place iny heart, both as my mentor and dear friend. He was unfailingly kind, funny and generous. I shall miss him every single day.