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In Memoriam - John Hodgson

December 01, 2020

In Memoriam - John Hodgson

AsMA staff were saddened to hear that Corrin John Hodgson, M.D., M.P.H., died on November 28, 2020.

He had been a member of AsMA for over 40 years and a Fellow since 1979. He served as President of the Air Lines Medical Directors Association (now the International Airline Medical Association) and was a member of the Space Medicine Branch of the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons and a charter member of the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons.
   Dr. Hodgson attended Dartmouth College and received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. After interning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, he began neurology training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. This training was interrupted when he was drafted into the Air Force during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. During 10 years of active duty, he served as a flight surgeon/director of medical services at Air Force bases in Mountain Home, ID, Pleiku, Vietnam, Selma, AL, and Fairborn, OH, where he was Chief of the Vibration Branch, Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.
   In 1974 Dr. Hodgson completed his Air Force training in Aerospace Medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine and NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. He took additional internal medicine training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and joined the Division of Preventive and Internal Medicine there. Much of his practice was devoted to aviation medicine and he served as Medical Director of Northwest Airlines for many years.
   Dr. Hodgson also served as Director of Base Medical Services, 934th Tactical Airlift Group at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. He retired from the reserves with the rank of Colonel. In 1991 he retired from Mayo Clinic to become Medical Director of 3M. He returned to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, to practice internal, preventive, aerospace, and aviation medicine. During his long career, he was also a consultant to IBM, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the USAF Surgeon General.       Dr. Hodgson was president of the North Central Occupational Medical Association and was a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. From 1988 to 1992 he served on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. He served as  a trustee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He was a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health, was honored as Air Force Reserve Flight Surgeon of the Year, and received the Airlines Medical Directors Achievement Award. He also received the Boothby-Edwards Award from AsMA in 1993.
   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to go to the Corrin H. Hodgson, M.D., Endowed Scholarship at the University of Minnesota or the Rochester Public Library. To contribute to the scholarship fund, contact the university and refer to endowment #11535.