Longtime Emeritus passes at 92

A longtime faculty member and professor Emeritus of NC State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering passed away in late May after an internationally recognized career in both academia and engineering. 

Dr. Thomas “Tom” Henry Hodgson, 92, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

He was born on May 18, 1932 in Carlisle, Cumbria in the United Kingdom to his parents Thomas Henry Hodgson and Hilda Pattinson. At the time of his retirement in 2001, Tom worked , at NC State as a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and past Director of the Center for Sound and Vibration.

Hodgson received a Fulbright scholarship in 1962 to attend The Johns Hopkins University – bringing both him and Margaret to the United States for the first time. They would later return to England where their son, Michael, was born, and then ultimately returned to the United States to live in Syracuse, NY where Hodgson was a professor at Syracuse University before settling in Raleigh and joining MAE.

Hodgson was also named as a Visiting Professor and Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University and the College of Engineering in 1985 and visited regularly throughout his life. Tom was an avid golfer and audiophile as well as a renowned acoustician. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Sylvia Margaret Hodgson, his son Michael (Kylie), grandchildren: Benjamin (Alicia), Madison, Cameron (Chris), Parker, Mary Margaret, Zackery, Nolan; great-grandchild, Mary Carlisle, along with many nieces and nephews and many personal friends both in the United States and abroad.

Click here to read Hodgson’s full obituary.