History grad students at the University of Tennessee lost a good friend and colleague this year when Dr. Josh Hodge passed away from cancer at the age of thirty-five. He was a husband, a father, and a very promising scholar.
Josh completed his dissertation, “Alabama’s Public Wilderness: Reconstruction Politics, Natural Resources, and the End of the Southern Commons, 1866-1905,” shortly before his passing. In addition, he edited the forthcoming book Cas Walker: Stories on His Life and Legend, a collection of reflections on the irascible politician, broadcaster, and grocery store magnate who left an indelible impression on twentieth-century Knoxville.
In honor of Josh, some folks have set up an award endowment for graduate students in history at UT. Click here to make an online donation through UT’s Office of University Advancement.