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Joseph Lawson Hodges, Jr
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1922
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 2000
California, USA

Born in 1922 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Hodges grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1942 he received his BA from the University of California and in 1948 he received his Ph.D., also from UC.

Hodges served as an operations analyst in the U.S. Air Force for two years before joining the faculty in 1946. From 1957 until his death he was a professor of statistics.

Among his honors and awards, Hodges was a named a fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1950; a Guggenheim fellow, 1956-57; president, WNAR Region, Biometric Society, 1958-60; editor of Annals of Mathematical Statistics, 1966; and research professor, Miller Foundation, 1969-70. He retired from Berkeley in 1991.

Joe was a superb and inspiring teacher who was particularly concerned with undergraduate teaching. In this connection he co-authored the elementary texts: "Basic Concepts of Probability and Statistics" (1964, 2nd Ed. 1970) jointly with Lehmann which was translated into Danish, Hebrew, Italian and (fairly recently) Farsi, and "Stat Lab - An Empirical Approach" (1975) jointly with the psychologists Krech and Crutchfield. Teaching became difficult when he suffered severe hearing loss and he retired in 1991. His greatest enjoyment in retirement was his and Teddy's family, five children (three of them living close by) and eleven grandchildren. On March 1, 2000 he died quite unexpectedly from a heart attack.

At 6ft 4, Joe was in imposing presence and not only physically. He enjoyed being contrarian and would often exaggerate his innate conservative position for the sake of argument. He was intolerant of verbosity and at Academic Senate meetings loved to surprise tedious speakers by unexpected "calling for the previous question". This perhaps reflected one of his intellectual passions (other than mathematics), the English language. He delighted in a good limerick or an interesting definition from the OED. Joe was supportive of his students (for many years he was the Department's Major Adviser) and a generous and caring host to his friends. His vivid presence will be missed by all who knew him.

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  Joseph Lawson Hodges (1893 - 1966)
  Grace Eleanor Adkins Hodges (1896 - 1975)
Camp Zion Cemetery
Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA
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Record added: Oct 25, 2009
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Joseph Lawson Hodges, Jr
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