Born June 1, 1920 in Worcester, Mass., he was the son of Atwood and Nettie Jane (Frank) Hodgkins. He attended Baker University from 1940 to 1942, then served as a captain in the Army Intelligence Corps in the Chemical Warfare Service during World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1947, where he earned his master's degree in 1950. He earned his doctorate from Syracuse University in 1959.
He came to Kent State University in 1960 as an assistant professor, and went on to serve as an associate professor, professor of geography and professor of Soviet geography. He also had served as an instructor and an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Hodgkins was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent, the Scandanavian Club, the Association of American Geographers, American Geographical Society, Sigma Xi and the American Association of University Professors-AAAS.
Survivors include his daughters, Mrs. Robert Lean (Jane Hodgkins) of Glen Elden Bay, Ore., Mrs. Robert (Priscilla) Valenti of Rootstown; and four grandchildren. His wife, Phyllis W. (Wheeler), died June 12.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Lashbrook officiating.