Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Jerry Hodge

Jerry Hodge - 1979

Hodge was born in Carnegie and attended a two-room country school outside Mountain View through the eighth grade before moving to Amarillo, where he graduated in 1960 from Tascosa High School.  Following his graduation from the Southwestern School of Pharmacy, he purchased Maxor Drug Co., Inc., in Amarillo. 

He now serves as president and owner of the company and also as president of Devil Oil Co., Inc.  Hodge was elected to the Amarillo City Commission in 1973 at the age of 30. 

After serving two terms on the commission, he filed his candidacy for and won the mayor’s position in 1977.  The past spring he was re-elected by one of the largest votes ever in that Texas Panhandle city. 

Last February, Hodge was appointed chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to the Governor of Texas.  In May, Gov. W. P. Clements Jr. named Hodge as his personal advisor on utilities and utility rates affecting consumers. 

He is president of the Texas Municipal League Region II and on the Economic Advisory Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Hodge serves on the Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors and on the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association Board. 

His is past president of the Texas Panhandle Pharmaceutical Association, a past director of the American Cancer Society, founder of the Amarillo Flag Football Association, charter member of the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists, and a member of the Amarillo Executive Association and American Pharmaceutical Association. 

The young mayor and his wife, Hope, have two sons, Heath, 12, and Ryan, 10, and a daughter, Sunny, 22 months.