Medical illustrator, `fool the eye' artist dies

Jun 10, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - World-renowned medical illustrator Gerald Parker Hodge has died at his home in Michigan. He was 91.

His daughter Melinda Hodge says Hodge died Thursday in Ann Arbor after a fight with cancer.

Hodge was a longtime professor at the University of Michigan, where he founded the master's program in medical and biological illustration in 1964.

Beyond his work in the applied art field, he was prominent as a fine artists specializing in "fool the eye" paintings.

Hodge was born in Denver and studied painting at the University of Colorado before enlisting in the Army during World War II.

He fought in the invasion of Okinawa near the end of the war with Japan.