Influential University of Michigan medical illustrator Gerald Parker Hodge died at his Ann Arbor home June 7 at the age of 91. He left behind a trove of medical and biological illustrations that appeared in hundreds of journals and books and that earned him widespread acclaim. Several of Hodge's illustrations are reprinted here.
Hodge founded the U-M Master of Fine Arts program in medical and biological illustration in 1964. He retired in 1987 following 32 years at the university and held the titles of professor emeritus of art in the School of Art & Design and professor emeritus of medical and biological illustration at the Medical School.
Hodge served as president of the Association of Medical Illustrators and was awarded that group's Lifetime Achievement Award, Broedel Award for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Service Award. He also won best-of-show honors several times at the association's annual meetings.
He received the U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and the Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award from Johns Hopkins University. Hodge's medical illustrations are in the permanent collections at the U-M Bentley Library and at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Toronto and the Medical College of Georgia.
The Hodge family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, on Saturday, June 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.