Obituary: William D. Hodgman

William D. Hodgman

A funeral mass was scheduled Saturday, May 28 in Grosse Pointe Park for attorney William "Bill" Hodgman, who died May 3 at the age of 79.

Hodgman began practicing law in 1968, specializing in estate planning, physician recruitment and retention and joint ventures.

He wrote and spoke extensively on healthcare topics.

In 1990, Hodgman was elected a Trustee of the Detroit Macomb Hospital Corp.

As chairman, he helped negotiate the merger of DMHC into the St. John Health System. He then served as chairman of St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital until 2010.

Hodgman was an avid reader and enjoyed writing 'Letters to the Editor' to the Grosse Pointe News from 1994 until 2018.

He loved tennis and golf, classical music, and enjoyed University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football.

Hodgman was co-founder and president of Grosse Pointe Baseball Organization for 27 years. The organization funds the Grosse Pointe Redbirds summer baseball program for boys 13-18 years old and was led by former Detroit Tiger Dave Bergman.

He was involved in the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, Grosse Pointe Park Foundation and The Rhoades Foundation, as well as the local Witenagemot Society.

Hodgman was a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and The University of Michigan Law School.

The funeral mass is scheduled Saturday at St. Ambrose Church 15020 Hampton St, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 at 11:00am, with a gathering at 10:30am.

A reception following the mass will be held at Country Club of Detroit, 220 Country Club Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Hodgman was survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Rose; five children, Melissa (Peter Strzok), Laura (Tom Rollins), Christopher (Chelsea Woznak), Brian and Andrea; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Grace, Jack and Finn; brothers, Dr. Mark (Jane), Philip (Sue), and sister-in-law Betty (late Jeffrey Hodgman).