Farewell to GWD Honorary Member Prof Frank Hodgson (1943-2019)

In memory of an Industry giant: A grand master of his trade and much loved and respected leader within the Ground Water Sector.

It was with great sadness that the GWD learned of the passing of one of its Honorary members, Prof. Frank Hodgson. Prof Hodgson was awarded the Ground Water Division of the Geological Society of South Africa Groundwater medal, as far back as 1988, for his significant contributions to the advancement of groundwater in South Africa.

Prof Hodgson and his wife Rene were on tour in France, when a sudden heart attack struck and despite efforts from the emergency response teams, Prof Hodgson sadly succumbed.  Condolences and heartfelt messages were streaming in from across the globe, and the local press announced on various platforms the sad news of his passing. He is survived by his wife Rene, two daughters Minette and Renata and two grandchildren.

Prof Hodgson is lauded as the founding father of the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) at the University of the Free State in 1974 and became its’ first Director where he served in that leadership role for 30 years. In 2004, the UFS also rewarded him with a centenary medal for his entrepreneurial management of the IGS.

IGS noted “The nine indigenous trees that Prof. Hodgson planted in front of the IGS building will always bear witness to the fact that he was not only a brilliant scientist, but also deeply involved in environmental concerns.” 

The trees he planted are surely also symbolic of the life, stability and growth he ensured within the industry. ..And we all will benefit of the huge shade you left us to further grow and nurture the past and present students and professional geohydrologists  in South Africa .

Thank you Prof.
Rest in Peace.

National Chairperson: Dr Matthys Dippenaar
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Mr Sakhile Mndaweni
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

Please contact this Committee via [email protected]

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