MVH Augusta Veteran of the Month: Norman Hodgkins

Author: MVH Augusta
Posted: September 07, 2017
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Norman Hodgkins was born December 20, 1931, in Albany, New York. He was one of three children born to Herbert and May Hodgkins.  Norman attended Colby College in Maine, and graduated with a degree in Physics in 1953.  After graduation, Norman enlisted in the Air Force, and spent a year in Wisconsin training to be an Air Force Weather Officer.

After completing training, Norman was stationed in Alaska where he tracked large storms from weather tracking aircraft over the Aleutian Islands.  Norman looks back on those three years in Alaska with great nostalgia.  After leaving active duty, Norman worked as a meteorologist in Boston, before eventually transferring to Portland, Maine, where he worked until his retirement.  He is very proud of his military career and his work in meteorology, and has maintained a passion for the weather to this day.

Norman met his wife Ruth, at a young adult group at Old South Church in Boston. They have been married 54 wonderful years and have two children together. Their daughter Nancy is a psychologist, and their son Glenn is a research hydrologist at US Geological Service.

Norman enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to spend time outdoors.  He loved tying flies for fishing and he was always busy cutting wood to keep the home fires burning for his family.  A mainstay in his community of Lovell, Maine; he loved to sit at Rosie’s, the local coffee shop, and greet people that would come in. Norman loves his family and has many stories of them eating lobster at Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown, Maine, and camping trips on Lake Superior in the midwest.

Thank you Norman for your service to our nation!

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