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Kevin D. Hodges ’03

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Along with Elliot Sharron ’04, Kevin was the founder of the Reed improv group Fellatio Rodriguez. His boundless energy made him a go-to guy in the theatre department. He played James Joyce in Jesse Baldwin ’00’s directing thesis production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties and was a deliciously slithery gang kingpin in Prof. Kathleen Worley’s [theatre 1985–2014] production of Brecht/Weill’s Happy End.

Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kevin was a literature/theatre major at Reed, writing his thesis, “Rehearsing Liberation in Paloma Pedrero’s The Color of August” with Professors Craig Clinton [theatre 1978–2010] and Elizabeth Drumm [Spanish 1995–] advising.

“He built sets, leaped into class discussions, stirred enthusiasm, and transformed the downstairs space for his own thesis show,” Prof. Worley remembered. “He was ready to go out and change the world, and it’s very sad he’s no longer with us.”

Kevin went on to earn a master’s in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 10 years, he had been a resident of New Hampshire, where he originally moved to work on a campaign. Kevin served a two-year term as a member of the New Hampshire State Legislature, the first Democrat to be elected to the position from that district.

Kevin lit up a room with his wit, charm, and smile. He loved traveling and being with friends and family. He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth Mitchell; his father, James Hodges; stepmother, Jane Wiseman; his mother, Janis Owen; his brother, Clayton Hodges; and stepbrothers, John and James Wiseman.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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