AUGUSTA – Harry Douglas Hodson died May 2 in Augusta.

He was born in Camden, on May 19, 1921, to George Willis Hodson and Rhoda (Critchley) Hodson.

He grew up on his family’s farm in Camden and was a graduate of Camden High School. He attended the University of Maine, Orono, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1944. He continued his schooling at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University, and as with other naval men of the time, he received his naval officer’s training at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

He was assigned to the Destroyer Escort 698 as an engineering officer during World War II in the South Pacific and remained a U.S. Naval Reservist until 1956. After WWII, he married the former Attalie Gale, and was employed as an engineer for Shell Oil Co. in Boston, Mass.

In 1953, he and his wife moved to Attalie’s home town of Winthrop. He embraced his new town by helping to organize the town’s first planning board, a committee he chaired for many years after its inception. He was instrumental in planning the changes at the town’s beach, where the road was moved back to provide a “nice place for townspeople to enjoy Maranacook Lake” and many other civic endeavors that are enjoyed by the town to this day.

He was working as an engineer on the Maine Turnpike extension project for Howard, Needles & Burgendoff of Portland in 1955 when he, along with Henry Aliberti and Donald LaRochelle, formed the Aliberti, LaRochelle & Hodson Engineering Corporation in Lewiston. He so enjoyed his work at AL&H. He was always taking family members to see all the new construction projects with which the company was involved.

After his retirement from Aliberti, LaRochelle & Hodson in 1983, he continued his passion for engineering by working as a consulting engineer on many projects throughout the state of Maine. His favorite retirement projects were those at Brunswick Naval Air Station and Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor, as well as various school construction projects.

He enjoyed traveling and over the years he and Attalie traveled extensively throughout the world. He also enjoyed entertaining his friends, especially when music was involved and sailing his cherished AGALE with his family off the coasts of New England and Canada.

Always enjoying the outdoors, he began taking his family winter skiing in the mid-1950s. In 1961, he decided it was time to settle on one Maine ski area; he chose Sugarloaf/USA for his family, where he continued to ski until the late 1990s.

He attended, with pride, his granddaughter Emily Dooling’s many athletic events in Winthrop and at the University of Maine. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed many outings with his son, brothers, brothers-in-law, nephew and friends at Nicatous Lake.

He was a member of American Consulting Engineers, Maine Consulting Engineers, American Legion Alfred W. Maxwell, Jr. Post No. 40, Winthrop Congregational Church, US Kennebec River Sail and Power Squadron, District 19, Cobbosseecontee, Wayne and Boothbay Harbor Yacht clubs, Sugarloaf Ski Club and as a master Mason, had belonged to the Temple Lodge No. 25 of Winthrop.

He is survived by his son-in-law and daughter, Kelly and Ann Hodson Dooling of Winthrop; his granddaughter, Emily Dooling of Jackson, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews including Charles Dean Lincoln and Gail Ann Guerette of Winthrop, Willis Hodson of Camden, Vivian Walter of New York, Roberta Hodson-Korn of Massachusetts, Rhoda Sheffield of Florida, Jean Kennedy of Virginia, Attalie Lynn Davis of California, and his wife of 19 months, Elizabeth of Augusta.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Attalie Gale Hodson, R.N.; his beloved son, H. Douglas Hodson Jr.; his parents, George and Rhoda Hodson; his brothers, George, Willis and Richard Hodson; and his sisters, Edna Hodson Davis and Vivian Hodson Kennedy.

A heartfelt thank-you is extended to Richard Guerette, Harry’s great-nephew and his wife, Susan, for all their years of love and support.

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