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Harold Bishop "Doc" Hodgson Jr.

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Athens - Harold Bishop Hodgson Jr., "Doc," 82, of Athens, Ga., passed away Thursday, February 28, 2008.
Mr. Hodgson was born July 24, 1925 in Athens, Ga. to the late Dr. Harold Bishop Hodgson Sr. and Louise Hudson Hodgson. He was preceded in death by daughter, Lynn Hodgson Duke and brother, James Marion Hodgson Sr.
He was a 1942 graduate of Athens High School, and later served as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II from 1944-1946. After military service he attended the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy where he earned a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1948. After becoming a licensed pharmacist in the state of Georgia, Mr. Hodgson worked at several pharmacies including Moon-Winn Drug Company of Athens and Watson's Drugs of Athens, which he later purchased and established as Hodgson's Pharmacy, Inc.
During Mr. Hodgson's pharmaceutical career, he was a member of many professional organizations. He served two terms as president of R.C. Wilson Pharmaceutical Association and the 10th District Georgia Pharmaceutical Association. He also served as president for the Georgia Pharmaceutical Association, the GPhA Academy of Preceptors in Pharmacy, as well as the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. Mr. Hodgson was a three time director of GPhA Board of Directors, as well as a member of the GPhA Pharmacy Insurance Trust, APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice, National Federation of Independent Business, the UGA College of Pharmacy Dean's Alumni Advisory Council, and the Hoffman LaRoche Pharmacy Advisory Committee.
Mr. Hodgson achieved many awards during his career. His awards included the Mal T. Anderson Award for Outstanding District President of GPhA, the A.H. Robins-Bowl of Hygea Outstanding Community Service on Pharmacy, Phi Delta Chi Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UGA College of Pharmacy, the WGAU "Tip of the Hat" Appreciation of Significant Service to the Community, the UGA College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year, the Syntex National Preceptor of the Year, the GPhA Carlton Henderson Award, the Arch Award from the Athens Chapter of Community Betterment, and the GPha Larry Braden Meritorious Award.
Mr. Hodgson was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, as well as the following civic organizations: the Athens Touchdown Club, the University of Georgia Coliseum Club, the Five Points Merchants Association, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Ten-O-Club. He was a former member of Rotary International and a life member of the Optimist Club. He also served as a Deacon and Elder for First Presbyterian Church in Athens.
Mr. Hodgson was an avid Georgia fan, attending almost every football game, home and away, during his younger years. He also enjoyed following the Georgia Gym Dawgs. He enjoyed traveling with his family, driving across the U.S. in his motor home. Other favorite pastimes included raising horses and bowling with the Hodgson Pill Rollers.
Mr. Hodgson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Thomas Hodgson; son, Harold "Hal" (wife Gisela) B. Hodgson, III; sister, Allene Hodgson Dyer; grandchildren, Sara (husband Gig) Roper, Harold "Beau" (wife Jamie) B. Hodgson, IV, and Cynthia Lynn Hodgson; and great-granddaughter, Reagan Abigail Roper.
Visitation will be held at Bernstein Funeral Home, 3195 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, on Sunday, March 2nd from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 3rd at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Dr. W. Glenn Doak Jr. will be officiating. Interment will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andy Ullrich, Mack Lowrey, Jim Horton, Bill Horton, Wayne Edwards, Sonny Thurmond, Joe Arp, and Beau Hodgson. Members of the Georgia Pharmaceutical Association will be honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Building Fund, or to your favorite charity.
Bernstein Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 2, 2008
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