Hodson, who had previously battled prostate cancer, had revealed to friends in August 2010 that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. The news of his death was announced in an email from his wife, Deputy Controller for Health and Consumer Policy Ruth Holton-Hodson.
Hodson served as executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento for nearly two decades before retiring earlier this month. In that role, the former Senate staff member oversaw the Capital Fellows Program, a nationally recognized internship that counts more than two dozen judges and current or former elected officials as alumni. He also served until earlier this year as a commissioner on the Fair Political Practices Commission.
His expertise and knowledge of California's political process was rooted in the 15 years he spent under the dome, working for the Select Committees on Political Reform and Government Regulation, the Senate Office of Research and the Senate Elections and Reapportionment Committee.
In addition to his work with CSU Sacramento, Hodson taught over the years at Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California. A Sacramento State scholarship has been established in his honor. For more information on that fund, contact the Center for California Studies firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of California State University, Sacramento