Memorial Mass for VP and CIO Charles HodulikContact: Mike Larkin
NEW YORK— A memorial Mass for Charles H. Hodulik, vice president for Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus and the University’s chief information officer (CIO), will be held on Monday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, (60th Street and Columbus Avenue).
Mr. Hodulik, 54, died suddenly on Saturday, April 2, at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The entire University community is invited to attend the Mass. A memorial book is currently available for signing outside of Room 224 in the Lowenstein Center on the Lincoln Center campus and will be at the rear of the church on the day of the Mass.
“For nearly 20 years, Charles Hodulik enriched the University with his loyalty, creativity and generosity of spirit,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “The entire Fordham community mourns his loss and we will remember with gratitude and admiration the greatness of heart that defined his work.”
Regarded by colleagues “as an energetic and effective leader with a special gift for problem solving,” Mr. Hodulik began his service to Fordham University in 1986 as the manager of financial systems for information services. He was promoted to director of financial systems in 1988, and became assistant vice president for facilities management in 1989. On July 1, 1995, Mr. Hodulik was appointed vice president for Lincoln Center and the University’s CIO. His position placed him at the helm of Fordham’s academic and administrative information management systems and its telecommunications network, servicing the University’s three campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Tarrytown, N.Y. At Lincoln Center, he also directed campus-wide Facilities Operations, Custodial Services and University-wide Conference Planning Services. In addition, Mr. Hodulik was an adjunct instructor in computer science. Prior to joining Fordham, Mr. Hodulik was vice principal at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, N.J.
“Charlie’s energy and irrepressible sense of humor are what I admired and will remember most about him,” said John J. Lordan, senior vice president and treasurer of Fordham University. “His dedication to the Lincoln Center campus and his work with local community and government organizations stand as testaments to the devotion Charlie had for Fordham University.”
Known to friends and family as a committed volunteer, Mr. Hodulik shared much of his time with organizations in service to the poor. He also contributed many hours working for the betterment of schools and local communities as a board member of St. Joseph’s High School in New Jersey, Educause, the Westside Chamber of Commerce in Manhattan and the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID).
“Whenever the Board needed anything we knew we could count on Charlie,” said Monica Blum, president of the Lincoln Square BID, of which Mr. Hodulik was a founding member. “I had the sense that Charlie was the busiest person in the world, but he always had time for us. He really made an impact on the board. We are shocked and saddened at his loss.”
Mr. Hodulik earned a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in physics from Fordham University in 1971, and master’s degrees in mathematics from the Newark College of Engineering and Pace University. At the time of his passing, he was pursuing a doctorate in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University.
Mr. Hodulik is survived by his father, Henry J. Hodulik, and stepmother Jean, brothers Andrew G. Hodulik and Matthew J. Hodulik, and sisters Christine Doane, Ann Marie Bartolacci. Family members describe him as “a devoted uncle to his eleven nieces and nephews.”
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.