With deep sadness and a large dose of shock, I received word early this morning that Alan Hodgart, a friend and colleague, died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday in London.
I have taken the liberty of reproducing below an email I received later this morning from Rob Ashing, one of Alan’s close colleagues at Hodgart Associates (we have met Rob).
I have little to add to Rob’s reflections as far as Alan’s stature in our profession and our world goes, but I feel compelled to supply a few brief words about Alan as a human being in my life and the life of Adam Smith, Esq.
Alan was masterful at what he did–law firm strategic consulting–and welcomed me into this very small fold almost immediately after I founded Adam Smith, Esq. and word began to get around. Over the years I met him in many professional contexts and venues around the world, and no matter what firm he called his base of operations he was unstintingly munificent with his thoughts and reflections and opened doors for me that would have taken much longer had I had to pry them loose on my own.
A few years ago Alan approached me and Adam Smith, Esq. about creating a slightly more formal professional alliance and it was in that context that Janet and I got to know him best. His analytical capabilities were a gift from some of the more gracious gods of consulting, and he was a charming and warm human being. It is over too soon.
Please join me in the spirit of celebrating his life and work.