The Joseph A. Caulder Collection
Past Rotary International Director 1928-29   -  Regina, Sask., Canada

"Eyewitness to Rotary International's First 50 Years"


JOSEPH A. CAULDER - An eyewitness to Rotary International's first 50 years.

Album 1 - Pages 91-92; Percy Hodgson, 39th President

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Percy Hodgson

Rotary's 39th President




Rotary Biography of


Pawtucket, Rhode Island U.S.A.

President, Rotary International. 1949-50

Chairman, Magazine Committee 1953-54

Trustee. Rotary Foundation. 1950-55

Percy Hodgson is President and Treasurer of the Parkin Yarn Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, received his early education in England, and completed his studies in the United States.

He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Pawtucket since 1932 and is a Past President of the Club. He has served Rotary International as President (1949-50), Director, District Governor, and as committee chairman and member. He is now Chairman of the Magazine Committee for 1953-54 and a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 1950-55.

As President of Rotary International, Dr. Hodgson travelled more than 200,000 miles in 79 countries to address Rotary Clubs, and was decorated by the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Lebanon and Peru.

In 1950, he was first recipient of the Rhode Island State College award for "outstanding world-wide leadership and service in the public welfare." He has received a Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California, and a Doctor of Humanities degree from Silliman University in Dumaguete, The Philippines.

In Pawtucket, Dr. Hodgson is a Past President of the Business Chamber, President of the Visiting Nurses Association and Chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Committee. He is a Director of the Boys' Club, the Salvation Army, Y.M.C.A., Old Slater Mill Association and Old Colony Co-operative Bank, Trustee of the Rhode Island Textile Association, Past President of the Rhode Island Federation of Craftmen's Clubs and Vice-Chairman of the Rhode Island Development Association.

He is a trustee of the Eastern Utilities Association of Boston, Massachusetts, and a Director of the Blackstone Vall Gas and Electric Company, the Eastern Edison Electric Company in Boston, Massachusetts, St. Andrew's School for Boys in Barrington, Rhode Island, and St. Dunstan's School for Boys in Providence, Rhode Island.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

Chicago 1, Ill., U.S.A.

March 1954.

Joseph A. Caulder



Percy was President in 1949-1950 and comes from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. During his year as President

Percy and his delightful wife, Edith, travelled almost 200,000 miles and visited clubs in over 80 geographical areas.

We had Percy and Edith with us in Toronto for two full days, March 24th and 25th, 1950. We kept them both very busy and our Rotarians have rarely heard two Rotary talks in 48 hours to equal the two Percy gave us on those days. One was to the club on Friday noon (attended by almost 200 visiting Rotarians from nearby clubs) and the second one was at a dinner at the National Club the same evening. The ladies were present and Percy excelled even himself. On Saturday evening Percy spoke "off the record" to a small group at the Granite Club.

It was a great two days for Toronto Rotarians.


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Percy Hodgson's

Letter to

Joseph P. Caulder

Dated February 9, 1951

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