John Hines Hodge (1944-2021)


John died August 3, 2021, at his home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. John grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Episcopal Academy, in nearby Newtown Square. At Princeton John majored in history and belonged to Charter Club. After his graduation in 1967, he served in the Navy, including service as an officer aboard the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Vietnam War.


Following his naval service, he moved to Philadelphia and began a career in the pet supplies industry. In 1975 he married a neighbor, Mary Gindhart, Rider ’72. In 1995, after 25 years in the pet supplies industry, he transitioned to real estate, where he and Mary worked together as a highly effective team. He retired in 2014.


John was active in his support of both Princeton and Episcopal Academy. He played squash and tennis at the Merion Cricket Club, enthusiastically supported Philadelphia’s professional sports teams, and enjoyed music and reading. John is survived by his wife Mary, sons John Cortland Hodge and Joseph Cabell Hodge, and granddaughters Sierra Isabelle Hodge and Amber Raven Hodge, to all of whom the Class extends its heartfelt condolences.


Here is John's obituary notice.


The photos below are from the Freshman Herald image and from Duffy Real Estate.




Some images of his John and Mary, as well as his family.




His known roommates as listed by John in the 25th book:
Turk Thacher
John Lumpkin
Dan Winterbottom (D)
Al Smith (D)
Tom Bell '67 (originally '66)
Mason Young '67 (originally '66)
Jim Cooper
Ernie Cruikshank
Joe Wolcott
Barrie Hurtubise
Bud Osborne
Martin Winch


John Lumpkin writes "I was a roommate of John’s-with several others-our Sophomore year. “Hopalong” had an engaging personality and an infectious dry wit. A genuine original.  The last time I saw him was at our 50th with Mary. While he may have been  dealing with serious medical issues at that time, I will always remember the twinkle in his eye and his uplifting outlook-with Mary at his side."


Andy Roomet writes "What a memorable sense of humor and that unique expression of smirk morphing into smile morphing into laughter! A big loss. We’ll all miss him but think of all the Hopalong reminiscences at our 60th."


Ernie Cruikshank writes "I remember getting up early each weekday for breakfast at commons and morning classes, I knew I would not see him till afternoon. Did he really read all those Edger Rice Burrows paperbacks?  I don’t remember him lugging textbooks. He had a loyalty to Princeton, and I looked forward to seeing him back at Princeton for football games, always the easy smile and wit. We will miss you Hop. ( Thanks Turk for the unforgettable names you gave us all that crazy sophomore year.!)"