March 30, 2017, 8:27 am
My sincere condolences. Bob was a great man and I thoroughly enjoyed all my interactions with him. He remains an inspiration to me and I will miss him.
Terry Carter, Class of \'76
March 30, 2017, 9:07 am
Goodbye Dr. Hodder. Bob was a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration to me and everyone who knew him. He sincerely cared for the students who called him professor and transferred his excitement for geology to all of us. Most of all he was a wonderful human being. Rest in peace Bob.
March 30, 2017, 9:45 am
Cameron and I send our most heartfelt condolences. Bob was a great friend and mentor who inspired me in so many ways. In particular to make sure our students get into the field and travel the world looking at rocks. He constantly reminded me of the importance of primary observations in the field and challenged me to develop new and engaging ways to provide the next generation of geoscience explorers with great educational experiences. He is also the reason why Cameron, from a very early age, has been fortunate to experience the thrill of feeling the wind in his hair while sailing down the slopes of Doidge park in London on a properly made, Canadian, bent maple toboggan. I'm sure he would remind our geological family that Doidge park was once the source of the clay for many of the typical yellow bricks in London. And he would surely ask us to consider why the bricks are yellow and not red. Huh? Bob will be very sadly missed.
March 30, 2017, 11:22 am
It was sad news to hear of Bob's passing. Bob's passion for and history of geological field work, including after his retirement from UWO, was and will continue to be an inspiration for myself and Kathy. Although his last few years have had challenging health issues, the fact that he continued to be active, mentally and physically, as much as possible is the legacy that he leaves us. His passion for the "greater good", and willingness to devote efforts toward that goal was his trademark, and a benchmark for us to aim for. Rest in peace Bob, you accomplished much that inspires others to be better humans, not just better geologists.
March 30, 2017, 11:23 am
Bob was a truly inspirational teacher and mentor. He made many of us better geologists, but more importantly, by example and guidance made us better people.
He will be greatly missed and remembered by countless former colleagues and students.
March 30, 2017, 11:52 am
My sincere condolences to all the family. Bob was a wonderful man to know as a friend and to work with. His sense of humour, his considered insight and input, and his love of geoscience will be greatly missed by all of us.
March 30, 2017, 12:43 pm
Was a pleasure to work with, and know Bob personally. Very influential man, always had a kind word. He will be missed.
March 30, 2017, 3:47 pm
If Bob were around reading the condolences he'd say, "Gosh, we don't need any of that stuff eh?"
He was the most understated and modest person I have ever met, yet he had a positive impact on many many hundreds of lives with his teaching and mentoring. The very first time I met him, in the lobby of the B&G Building for a tour he swooped down and picked up a piece of litter from the floor before he introduced himself. That's the kind of person he was. He genuinely cared and everything was done with a good humour.
I once gave him a 4 page piece of writing to review and he gave it back to me within hours; it was a sea of red crayon. I said, "Bob, all you left were a few pronouns." He said, "Ya, and I wasn't too fond of them either."
In 2002 he did me a great favour and went down to the field in Ecuador to write me a report on my property. He was crossing a log bridge and took a serious tumble and banged himself up pretty bad. I wasn't there to see it but my staff told me the following month. He never told me and he never complained. I used that report to fund my project and had he not volunteered to do it, for little more than his expenses, my whole life would be different. Everyone has wonderful Bob stories. He has left us a fantastic legacy. He was an inspiration.
Sleep well my friend.
March 30, 2017, 4:10 pm
Bob was an extraordinary field geologist, an educator, a scientist, a philanthropist. He understood the Earth and its hidden secrets and he passed that knowledge on to a generation of students with great generosity.
He was also my friend and mentor since my arrival at Western. He taught me a great deal and he continued to do so even as recently as a couple of weeks ago.
Bernadette and I send our deepest condolences to Genet and the rest of the family.
March 30, 2017, 6:32 pm
Bob is a prince of a man and gave much time to his students and friends. His love of rocks and geology was contagious to all who met him. Bob will be remembered for a long time, for he has a name of a creek in northwest in British Columbia, sometime during his early days of his exploration. We thank you Genet and the boys for sharing Bob with us and may his good spirit continue on.
Gregg Morrison, Ph.D., 1980
March 30, 2017, 6:40 pm
Very sad news-my sympathies to all Bob’s family, friends and colleagues.
He was a great mentor and guide to me and an inspiration to so many students and explorers.
He will be greatly missed.
March 30, 2017, 7:55 pm
My condolences to Bob's Family. A truly great and generous adviser, teacher, mentor and friend.
March 30, 2017, 10:31 pm
Kathy and I were both deeply saddened to hear about Bob's passing, but like to think of him as a great example of how to live a good life and live it well. He was a geologist of the old school who knew everything proceeded from mapping, but also was fully at home with all the lab and theoretical aspects of modern earth science. While of course most of our memories of Bob date from our (oh so long ago) years at Western I remember my last conversation with him just a few years ago at PDAC discussing a project he was working on in northern Peru - all of us can just hope to still be so involved at eighty! Beyond that Bob was among the most self-effacing, kindest, and helpful (to all) people i ever met.
March 31, 2017, 1:22 am
My sincerest sympathies to the Hodder family. Bob was a great geologist and professor. I enjoyed working with him through our SEG student chapter and in organizing several short courses in the department. He always had a smile, a story and the name of someone who could help you. And when I needed a reference for funding for my PhD project, he gladly gave me one. A fantastic person who helped many of us on our journeys to becoming geologists.
Ted Fuller - Geology class of \'77
March 31, 2017, 1:50 pm
I am so sorry to hear this news. I still remember back in September 1973, going to my first GEOLOGY 20 lecture, and seeing and hearing such an enthusiastic professor of geology. I knew that I wanted to become a geologist like him and travel and do field work. Bob was an inspiration and simply the best for getting students going in first year. I returned to Western in 1987 and of course he was there and I think was responsible for establishing a student chapter of Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). I have great memories of Bob, as I am sure most of his undergraduate and graduate students have as well.
March 31, 2017, 4:22 pm
Some of my best days in the field were with Bob in the mountains of Tierra del Fuego.
Bien viaje mi amigo
Christina Barker (Crocini); Class of \'76
April 2, 2017, 3:44 pm
My sincere sympathy to the family of Dr.Bob Hodder. He was far and away my favourite professor during my years at UWO! He had an exceptional talent for communicating his enthusiasm for geology to his students. He inspired so many of his students to take up a career in the Earth Sciences and thereby dramatically influenced a great many lives.
My husband, Gord Barker, who was also a student in the same class as myself, passed away unexpectedly in October of 2016. I was so very touched by Bob's thoughtfulness in sending me a personal note to express his condolences.
I will never forget Bob Hodder and I thank him for instilling in me a passion for geology and all of the Earth Sciences!
Albert L. Lamarre, MSc. 1974
April 2, 2017, 3:47 pm
Bob was an inspiration to me and loved by all. I offer my condolences to his family. Perhaps the best teacher I ever had, Bob always expected and received the most from his students. From looking at an outcrop in Penobscott, Maine, by the headlights of the car, to fighting off rattlesnakes in my thesis area in New Mexico, to helping us field trippers carry rock specimens out of an underground mine in northern Ontario, Bob was always helping us to be better geologists and individuals. From him I learned that “the rocks do talk to you, you only have to listen.” How true, and thank you, Bob.
April 3, 2017, 7:29 am
Bob played an important role in my life, providing sage advice and support when I was wrestling with career decisions near the end of my PhD at Western in the mid-80's. As Chair of the Geology Department, Bob had encouraged me to consider staying on with the department following my doctoral defense. He was a gracious and understanding mentor who understood and supported my decision to pursue a career in the private sector. It was a tremendous pleasure to renew our acquaintance when I returned to Western in 2009, and I continued to look to Bob for his common-sense approach to problems. Bob was a giant among his peers and much-beloved by his students. He advanced the science of geology and forged long-lasting relationships between academia and the mineral exploration and development industry. As much as I will miss Bob, his legacy lives on at Western and through our global community of alumni and we will never forget this wonderful man.
April 4, 2017, 12:21 pm
I feel privileged to have known Bob. Bob was my ski mentor and as well as a great geologist. I enjoyed Bob’s geological overviews from the Peak of Whistler and discussions over lunch about various mineral deposits and projects. Bob inspired me to continue to improve, both at skiing and in my knowledge and understanding of mineral deposits. My sincere condolences to Genet, Ian and Kevin, and their families.
April 5, 2017, 12:36 pm
I am honored and blessed to have known and worked with Dr. Hodder. He was truly a gentlemen, a role model and a blessing in my life and many others that worked with him in Nicaragua. we will miss him. My most sincere condolences.
April 13, 2017, 1:25 pm
As the secretary for Noranda Exploration’s office in Denver, CO, in the 1970s, I had the memorable pleasure of meeting Bob Hodder and participating in an all-hands meeting more than once in our onsite warehouse. I recall the invitation and the encouragement to participate in the first meeting were something novel. How wonderful it was, I thought, to be considered “one of the contributors” in this organization. Thank you, Bob Hodder, for giving me additional confidence at a time in my life when I needed it. My sincere condolences to your family. You will be sorely missed by many.
April 27, 2017, 8:15 am
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He was an inspiration to so many of us who started our geology careers at Western with Bob's Introduction to Geology course. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour made the class "the place to be" for so many of us. Bob also served as my 4th year thesis advisor and I learned so much from him!
We've lost two giants in the Canadian economic geology field with Bob's passing and the passing of Dick Hutchinson last fall.
Bob always downplayed his accomplishments, was incredibly humble and was always helping others. My sincere sympathy to all of Bob's family.
August 9, 2017, 2:07 pm
My condolences to Bob's family and friends. Apart from the respect due for his significant contribution to geoscience, my respect for him will continue because of his personal character. He was a kind and gentle soul and he spoke his truth with respect for others. His generous and caring nature was evident on first meeting him. I feel honoured and grateful to have had him as a professor and advisor. He was an ideal mentor and friend to so many of us.
Steve Parker, Geology, Class of 87
August 21, 2017, 10:48 pm
I will never forget the impression Dr. Hodder made on me during my first year GEOLOGY 20 class in September of 83. His enthusiasm and passion for the earth sciences was infectious and convinced me to pursue a career in the earth sciences. In my 4th year, he organized a geology field trip to Arizona during winter break. It is still one on my favorite trips to this day. I have the framed photo of our party at the bottom of the inner Grand Canyon, proudly displayed in my office. A humble and generous man. Thank you and Rest in Peace.