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Robert C. Hodson

April 21, 1937 ~ April 24, 2015 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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A candle was lit by Dave Gerstenfeld on April 27, 2021 3:40 PM
Message from David Gerstenfeld
April 27, 2021 3:40 PM

Dr. Hodson was is my instructor for introductory biology during my freshman year at the University of Delaware. He was different than all the other professors. For starters, he possessed a love of learning and teaching which he passed on to his charges. Dr. Hodson was always willing to help his students achieve their highest potential through his deeds as well as his words. Although I haven’t seen him in 26 years, I often think of him and remember my time in his class fondly. Dr. Hodson, please regard this entry as a long overdue thank you. May you rest in peace.
Message from Edward F Haskins
December 31, 2015 11:37 AM

I am with you in your grief. Bob was one of my earliest friends in biology and I have such fond memories of him from Minneapolis and Cambridge days. I will never forget my weekend in upstate NY with him and Anita back in the 60's. May time bring you peace. All my love.
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A candle was lit by Edward F Haskins on December 31, 2015 11:33 AM
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A candle was lit by David Dilcher, on December 30, 2015 9:52 PM
Message from Michael O'Donnell
May 28, 2015 10:05 AM

I knew Bob through the Association for Biology Laboratory Education, and was so inspired by his enthusiasm for teaching. Most importantly, I was positively affected by the quiet encouragement he would give to me and other colleagues. I will miss him, and my thoughts are with his family.
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A candle was lit by Louise Zelek Milford CT on May 27, 2015 5:03 PM
Message from Jean Marie Lindquist
May 6, 2015 8:56 AM

Dear Anita and Family. I was sadden to hear the news of Bob's passing from former Dean Robert Elde. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bob will always be remembered by us, in the College of Biological Sciences, as a dedicated educator, colleague and friend. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to spend time with you both at the Itasca Campus Center Dedication last Fall. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Mark Deshon on behalf of the Creek Road Runners
May 3, 2015 3:37 PM

Anita, Tim, and family,

I had not heard of Robert's death until I received an email just now. I'm so sorry for your loss. Robert was one of the original Creek Road Runners (, a group of mostly UD runners that began back in the 1980s. I liked him very much, and he would always have time to chat with me as our paths crossed on campus. He was so proud of Tim's running accomplishments as well and, more recently, would send me word about these. All of us who knew him will miss him.
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A candle was lit by Winnie Wagner on May 2, 2015 10:07 AM
Message from Roger and Winnie Wagner
May 2, 2015 10:06 AM

Anita and Family. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Bob will always be remembered by us as a dedicated educator, colleague and friend. We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Message from Bruce Hubbard
May 1, 2015 11:33 AM

Tim and Family - I was shocked and dismayed to read of your Dad's passing. I only knew him through running, primarily on Creek Road with several of his colleagues, but it was a decades long acquaintance, always greeted with a smiling face. But, then again, that's what you would expect from us Minnesotans.He is already missed and will be remembered.
Message from Janan Bergen
May 1, 2015 8:57 AM

Bob was such a wonderful man to have known during my years of service here at UD. I work in the finance office and whenever he would come into our office, he always had a smile on his face (just like the one in this picture posted here) and he was always upbeat and optimistic. I know he will be sadly missed. Please accept my sincere condolences to all the family this wonderful man left behind. ~ Janan Bergen
Message from Mary Boggs
May 1, 2015 8:54 AM

My deepest sympathy for you on the loss of such a great man. I worked as a teaching assistant under Bob for several semesters. His enthusiasm for teaching biology and enhancing students knowledge through technology was always apparent and has driven me to become a better educator. After I finished my degree at UD, I decided to stay on as a research associate in the biology department and had the great fortune to have an office only several doors down from Bob. We were able to talk very regularly about various projects that he wanted to do, including developing new labs for introductory biology, and about data he had obtained upon developing these labs. I always enjoyed our conversations, and looked forward to him knocking on my door to tell me about another great idea that he had or to share data he had obtained or even to share a notebook that he had found of his father's work. I know his passion for teaching has driven many, including myself. I will greatly miss our conversations and only wish I had had the chance to discuss more experimental ideas with him. His legacy will live on forever through the biology labs and I will never forget how he inspired me.
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