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Abraham Lewis Hodge, more commonly known as Abram, A. L., and Al, died Thursday, April 10, at about 9:30 am local time in Sun City, Arizona, nearly completing the 101st year of his life. He was born on May 24, 1913, in Morenci, Michigan, and was the fifth child of six who came of age during the Great Depression. From an early age, Al loved the outdoors and the mysteries of science, exploring both with zeal. He joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 12 and received his Eagle Award at age 15. Al loved to travel and seized every opportunity to do so for much of his life. Al graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1939, and took a job with United States Steel in Gary, Indiana. While working for U.S. Steel, Al relocated to New Jersey during World War II to assist the war effort state side in the field of metallurgy. After the war, Al's engineering career took him to Union Carbide in Buffalo, New York, later relocating to Newark, New Jersey in 1955. While working out of Newark, Al won the American Iron and Steel Institute Elbert H. Gary medal for the year 1960 for his paper "Predicting Effects of Oxygen, Moisture, and Fuel Additions on Blast Furnace Operations with Electronic Computers". Between 1963 and 1972 Al was awarded 5 patents by the US patent office in the field of materials and steel processing. Al transferred to Union Carbide's Antwerp, Belgium offices in 1970 where he was manager of engineering for Western European Operations. Al retired from Union Carbide in May 1978, and later took a position in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1992 to 1994 as advisor for metallurgy and chemistry under a USAID development assistance program. In retirement Al spent most of his time with his wife in Glendale, Arizona, traveling with her whenever possible. Al is preceded in death by two of his seven children, Abram Lewis II and Nina Marie Hunt. Al is survived by the remaining five children, Abram Lewis III, Mary Helen Maran, John Paul Hodge, Thomas Anthony Hodge, and James Edward Hodge, and finally by Denise Marthe Goedhuys of Brussels Belgium, Al's loyal and faithful wife for the past 37 years. There will be a viewing at Heritage Funeral Chapel 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria 85381, on Thursday, April 17 between 1:30 and 4:00 pm. A memorial service will be held May 17 at 1:30 pm Heritage Palmeras, 10101 W Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ.
Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria, AZ 85381
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 13, 2014