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AEM Department Mourns the Passing of Faculty Emeritus, Philip Hodge

Professor Emeritus Philip Hodge, member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. He was an enthusiastic gardener, an amateur genealogist, a backpacker, and an avid marathon runner. At age 53 he climbed Mt. Ritter, and at 62 he placed 23rd in his age category in the Boston Marathon. He was a lifelong fan of live theatre and an enthusiastic opera supporter, and he wrote opera reviews until the year he died.

Philip Hodge Jr. was born in 1920. He received a BA in mathematics from Antioch College in 1943, and earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1949. Before coming to Minnesota, Dr. Hodge was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UCLA, Associate Professor of Applied Mechanics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and Professor of Mechanics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota as Professor of Mechanics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) in 1971. Dr. Hodge's specialties were in applied mathematics and plasticity of materials, and he was a key contributor to its theory. He retired from the University in 1991 as a professor emeritus.

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