John grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and graduated from Episcopal Academy in nearby Newtown Square. At Princeton John majored in history and belonged to Charter Club. After graduation in 1967, he served in the Navy, including service as an officer aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Vietnam War.
Following his naval service, he moved to Philadelphia and began a career in the pet-supplies industry. In 1973 he married Mary Gindhart (Rider ’72). In 1995, after 25 years in the pet-supplies business, he transitioned to real estate, where he and Mary worked together as a highly effective team. He retired in 2014.
John was active in his support of both Princeton and Episcopal Academy. He played squash and tennis at the Merion Cricket Club, enthusiastically supported Philadelphia’s professional sports teams, and enjoyed music and reading.
John is survived by his wife, Mary; sons John Cortland Hodge and Joseph Cabell Hodge; and granddaughters Sierra Isabelle Hodge and Amber Raven Hodge. The class extends its heartfelt condolences to them all.