Dr. William T. "Tal" Hodges (86) of Bourbonnais


Published on February 12 2013 10:18 am

William T. "Tal" Hodges MD, 86, of Bourbonnais, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2013) at Bradley Royale Health Care Center.  He was a former Effingham County resident.

He was born April 1, 1926, in Stroud, Okla., the son of Robert Hester and Mattie Neal Hodges. When he was a young man, his father was transferred to Illinois, and he then lived in Altamont and Beecher City where he says his dreams fell into place. He attended schools in Altamont and Beecher City. After high school he entered military service Nov. 9, 1945, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps until he was discharged Dec. 10, 1946. After returning from the war, he went on to attend Olivet Nazarene College where he studied pre-med. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951, graduating cum laude, from Olivet Nazarene College; a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953 and his medical degree in 1955 from the University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago. He did his internship at Macon County Hospital in Decatur from 1955 to 1956. He was a member of College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, where he was a former Sunday School teacher. His first wife, the former Jean Marie Hitchcock, whom he married Dec. 29, 1947, in Miami, Fla., preceded him in death Dec. 20, 1992. Dr. Hodges had a family practice in Herscher from 1956 to 1964 and then went to Kankakee to practice from 1964 to 2000. He was the school physician at Herscher High School from 1960 to 1964; school physician at Olivet Nazarene College from 1956 to 1981; and school team physician at Eastridge High School in Kankakee from 1974 to 1978. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the County Medical Society, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1978 to 1982 and was vice president from 1980 to 1981; a member of the Medical Advisory Board, Americana Nursing Home in Kankakee, the Kankakee County Public Aid Advisory Board, the Family Practice Department, St. Mary's Hospital, where he served as department chair from 1962 to 1964; Family Practice Department, Riverside Medical Center, where he served as department chair from 1968 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976, and secretary of staff from 1968 to 1970; and the American Board of Family Practice, Diplomat and charter member. He was a
member of the 20th Century Club, the Kankakee Country Club and a seasonal subscriber to the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

Surviving are his wife, the former Linda Cremer Latham, of Bourbonnais, whom he married April 6, 1993; two sons, Dr. Timothy (Terri) Hodges, of Charlotte, N.C. and Robert Hodges, of Kankakee; four grandchildren, Aaron, Jillian, Olivia and Grant Hodges; and one great-grandchild, Ava Lunsford.