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
(Grand Rapids, MI)
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."
Marsha Jessup - Class of '71
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.
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.
Immediate Past President of the Association of Medical Illustrators
Professor and former Director, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto"