Hodges, former head of neuroradiology, 84

Fred J. “Ted” Hodges III, professor emeritus of radiology and one of the founders of the neuroradiology section at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at his home in Webster Groves, Mo., following treatment for an inoperable brain tumor. He was 84.

Fred Hodges

Hodges came to the School of Medicine’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in 1957 as an assistant professor of radiology. That same year, he helped found the institute’s program in neuroradiology, which was a novel field in the United States at the time. He was named head of the section in 1958.

While at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Hodges received a National Institutes of Health Fellowship in Neuroradiology and spent one year in Sweden. He left the School of Medicine in 1966 to become chief of neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, but returned to the School of Medicine in 1980 as professor of neuroradiology. He retired in 2003.

In 1975, Hodges served on the panel of consultants to the Commission on CIA Activities within the United States, reviewing the circumstances of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“Ted Hodges was a role model for all of us, faculty and students alike,” said R. Gilbert Jost, M.D., the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor and head of the Department of Radiology and director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. “His quiet, gentle manner, his dedication, his diligence and his characteristics as an outstanding physician and human being are qualities that were admired by all who knew him.”

Hodges is survived by his wife, Genny; sons Fred J. IV and Thomas of Minneapolis; and a brother, John, of Painted Post, N.Y.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo., 63119.