Abraham “Al” Lewis Hodge, 100, died April 10 in Sun City, Ariz.
He was born May 24, 1913, in Morenci, Mich., and was the fifth child of six who came of age during the Great Depression. From an early age, Al loved the outdoors and the mysteries of science, exploring both with zeal. He joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 12 and received his Eagle Award at age 15.
Al loved to travel and seized every opportunity to do so for much of his life. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1939, and took a job with United States Steel in Gary, Ind. While working for U.S. Steel, Al relocated to New Jersey during World War II to assist the war effort state side in the field of metallurgy.
After the war, Al’s engineering career took him to Union Carbide in Buffalo, N.Y., later relocating to Newark, N.J., in 1955. While working out of Newark, Al won the American Iron and Steel Institute Elbert H. Gary medal for the year 1960 for his paper “Predicting Effects of Oxygen, Moisture, and Fuel Additions on Blast Furnace Operations with Electronic Computers.” Between 1963 and 1972 Al was awarded five patents by the U.S. patent office in the field of materials and steel processing. Al transferred to Union Carbide’s Antwerp, Belgium, offices in 1970 where he was manager of engineering for Western European Operations.
Al retired from Union Carbide in May 1978, and later took a position in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1992 to 1994 as advisor for metallurgy and chemistry under a USAID development assistance program.
In retirement Al spent most of his time with his wife in Glendale, Ariz., traveling with her whenever possible.
Al is survived by five children, Abram Lewis III, Mary Helen Maran, John Paul Hodge, Thomas Anthony Hodge and James Edward Hodge; and his wife, Denise Marthe Goedhuys of Brussels, Belgium.
Al was preceded in death by two of his seven children, Abram Lewis II and Nina Marie Hunt.
Visitation is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. A memorial service is planned at 1:30 p.m. May 17 at Heritage Palmeras, 10101 W. Palmeras Dr., Sun City.