Magazine article American Libraries

Associate Executive Director Gerald Hodges Dies at 61

Magazine article American Libraries

Associate Executive Director Gerald Hodges Dies at 61

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Gerald Hodges, ALA associate executive director for communications and marketing, died January 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago at the age of 61. Hodges was diagnosed with lung cancer last fall, underwent surgery, and returned to work, but suffered a relapse. On January 5 his family advised that he had returned to the hospital and would retire from ALA due to his serious medical condition.

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"A charismatic leader, Gerald Hodges was enormously popular with ALA members," said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. "His enthusiasm for the Association and for libraries was legendary, and he will be greatly missed by many."

In 2002, the ALA Council passed a special resolution honoring Hodges for his "wit, wisdom, and aplomb in all circumstances, challenging and otherwise." Formulated by state chapter councilors, the tribute recognized the way "he excelled at his duties with an extremely high level of success, while at the same time bringing a sense of joy and happiness" to the Association members with whom he worked.

Hodges joined the ALA staff in 1989 as director of Membership Services and the Chapter Relations Office. …

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