|The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland - March 25, 2005
McCloud Bradford "Mack" Hodges III, a retired mechanical engineer who was a lead
designer of a Marine Corps amphibious vehicle, died of undetermined causes Tuesday at
University of Maryland Medical Center. The 62 year old Cub Hill resident had
undergone heart surgery in July. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he earned a bachelor
of science in physics from Texas A&M University, where he was a rifle team
All-American. He remained a crack shot and often went skeet shooting at a Loch
Raven club. He entered the Army after graduation and trained combat engineers at
Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Mr. Hodges had temporary duty assignments in Vietnam, and
during the Tet offensive he defended a gate in heavy fighting at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut
Airport. He attained the rank of captain. After his discharge, Mr. Hodges
worked at General Testing Labs in Fredericksburg, Virginia, before moving to Baltimore in
1974 and becoming a State Highway Administration consultant. Two years later he
joined AAI in Hunt Valley and ran its mechanical engineering division for nearly a
quarter-century. "Mack was one of the finest engineers that AAI ever
had. He had an ability to visualize mechanical systems," said Maurice P. Ranc,
a retired AAI vice president and general manager of defense systems. "He forgot more
about power trains than most people ever knew." Mr. Hodges' duties included
work on the running gears of Baltimore's light rail cars and design of the Marines'
Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle, which has not reached production. "Mack's
abilities went way beyond mechanical systems," said former co-worker Stephen W.
Miller of Timonium. "He brought the perspective of a military fighter to his
work. He was a combat engineer at heart." Mr. Hodges envisioned the
60-ton vehicle as traveling at high speeds on water and carrying a Marine platoon.
On land, it operates on tank-like tracks. "He helped turn the idea for the
vehicle into a reality," Mr. Miller said. "At work, he could quickly
evaluate when we were on the right track and when we were not. He was a confident,
persuasive person. He had a powerful personality." In the 1980s, Mr. Hodges was
a U.S. representative to a NATO committee on combat vehicles and spent time in Italy,
France, Germany and England. He retired in 1998, but remained a consultant on the
assault vehicle until a year ago. A graveside service will be held at noon tomorrow
at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road. Survivors include his wife
of 32 years, the former Demaris J. "Dee" Walton; two sons, McCloud Bradford
Hodges IV of Atlanta and Gregory S. Hodges of Cub Hill; a daughter, Jennifer L. Hodges of
Arlington, Virginia; and two grandchildren.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2005, McCloud "Mack" Bradford
Hodges, III. Beloved husband of Demaris "Dee" J. Hodges; loving father of
McCloud "Brad" Bradford Hodges, IV, Jennifer L. Hodges and Gregory S. Hodges;
grandfather of McCloud "Mack" V and Sloan L. Hodges. A graveside service
will be held in the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium,
Maryland 21093 on Saturday, March 26 at 12 Noon. Expressions of sympathy may be
directed in Mack's.name to Fund for John's Hopkins Medicine (Medical Research), Suite 300,
100 N. Charles Street, 1 Charles Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 or Loch Raven Skeet and
Trap Club, Inc., 12301 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093 or Maryland
Taxpayer's Association, PO Box 9821, Baltimore, Maryland 21284. Inquiries - Lemmon
Funeral Home, 410-252-6000.
1980 Reunion Directory:
Physicist, AAI Corporation, Cockeysville, Maryland.
Married Dee, Housewife
Children: Brad, 14 - Jenny, 1
Attended Texas A&M and received B.S. in Physics in 1965. Two years active duty
with the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army from 1966-68. Married and have a teenaged boy
and a baby girl. Spoiling the girl terribly!
1985 Reunion Directory:
Physicist, AAI Corporation
Children: Brad, 19; Jennifer, 6; Gregory, 4