Winston William Hodge
Winston William Hodge was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada on March 24, 1940. His family moved to Montreal when he was six months old, and they lived there until he was sixteen, when they came to California and settled in Anaheim. He graduated from Anaheim Union High School and Chapman University, where he met his wife to be, Sue Harvey. They were married on July 9, 1961. He became a U.S. citizen that same year and was very proud of his citizenship.
Winston earned his B.S. degree in math and physics at Chapman and went on to work for Rockwell International where he headed the Earth Resource Technology Satellite Program in the mid 1960’s. At that time, he also worked with his father, Russell Hodge, in building over twenty condos and 93 apartments in Orange County.
In the mid 1970’s, he started Hodge, Taylor, & Associates computer technology consulting company which later became Hodge Computer Research Corporation. As CEO, his clients have included Eastman Kodak, Digital Equipment Corp., The Silicon Valley Group, Intel, McDonnell Douglas, Memorex, National Semiconductor, Storage Technology, Sunbeam, TRW, Tektronix, Western Digital, and the U.S. Navy.
He has applied advanced multimedia and image database technology on projects ranging from newspaper publishing systems to television and film. He developed the newspaper publishing system for Atex, a division of Eastman Kodak, which is currently used by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register, as well as other major newspapers worldwide. He created the image compression technology for a video phone for Tatung, and evaluation architecture for a high resolution film editing and archiving system for NCM.
He is the author of the McGraw Hill book entitled “Interactive Television,” numerous articles in computer imaging publications, and patents on video stream sharing, near-video-on-demand digital distribution systems, and automatic digital information and content scheduling and barkering systems.
Winston Hodge, the beloved husband of Sue for 51 years and loving father of Rusty Hodge, Karen Blackstone, and Nancy Croxton and devoted grandfather of Ben Blackstone, passed Nov. 8, 2012 from Cancer in Newport Beach, Ca.