Gerald Parker Hodge

Saline, Michigan

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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...

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...

A familiar pose. AMI workshop 2011

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,...

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...

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.

Florence, Italy - 2009

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...

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.


Gerald's Obituary

HODGE, GERALD "JERRY" PARKER Ann Arbor, MI Passed away on June 7, 2012. He was born December 3, 1920 in Denver, Colorado, the son of John Austin and Marian (Parker) Hodge. In 1949, he married Claire Ewell who preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter, Melinda...

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