Dr. Donald Gordon Hodd

Dr. Donald Gordon Hodd was honored at Harrington Harbour, Quebec on 10 June 1979. The Harrington Hospital was renamed in his honor, thus ended nearly half a century of total dedication to health care by Dr. Hodd.

Dr. Donald Gordon Hodd was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the second child in a family of six and his father was a shop superintendent of a furniture factory. Mr. Hodd was originally a cabinet maker.

He was educated at Central Collegiate Institute of Hamilton and Toronto University, where he went to medical school. He graduated in 1925, took a year internship at the Hamilton General Hospital and from there came to the Coast. He married a school teacher (Edna) who was of the same mind as he, that they should go to a place where a doctor was really needed (click here / cliquez ici). Their first thoughts were to go with CUSO, but fortunately for the people of the Coast, they chose instead to come to Harrington with the International Grenfell Association..

During the early years on the Coast , he had to endure much hardship to bring health care to the people. He was the sole medical officer from Seven Islands to Mary’s Harbour, Labrador. He traveled by boat, the "Northern Messenger" in summer and by dog team in winter. His trusted boatman and dog team driver was Esau Anderson. At times, Dr. Hodd also traveled with Elton Jones who was a wildlife officer or "game warden.".

Although he left the Coast in 1970, Dr Hodd served it until his death. He had a deep interest in this part of the world and loved the people who lived here. Dr. Hodd was a doctor in every sense of the word. He epitomized the best in the family practitioner. He was a friend, counselor and community leader as well as a family doctor bringing the children into the world, and taking care of them throughout their life until their end. The scope of his practice was vast - from mastoid surgery to ophthalmology.

He received the Order of Canada in 1976 for his service to Canada and mankind. He was honored by the unveiling of a plaque at Harrington in 1979 when the Harrington Hospital was renamed the "Dr. Donald G. Hodd Pavilion". No plaques, medals, orders or accolades can ever measure the true gifts of skill, caring, love and respect this man gave for all his working life to the people of this Coast. He died on 05 November 1978.

Dr. Hodd was a man of faith - a faith that he did not wear on his lapel but was deeply rooted in his philosophy. He was a friend of all and his faith encompassed all denominations and peoples without reservation.

By: Sharon Chubbs-Ransom

Entered on the Web: 14 December 2002