Horace (Hod) Wilkinson Briggs II, 86, of Los Angeles, Calif., passed away on Aug. 11, 2019, in Brunswick, Maine.
Hod was born in Washington, Conn., on Feb. 5, 1933, the third child of Horace W. and Margaret (Worcester) Briggs.
Hod was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered as a devoted husband and father known for his intelligence and authenticity, his kindness, and his wry wit and love of puns.
He grew up in Newtonville, Mass., and was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, then Oberlin College, where he met his wife, Mary Ann, and after a trial year at Yale Divinity School, he switched to Asian studies at Yale, where he earned a master’s degree, then went on to earn his doctorate in international relations at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.
He taught Asian history at the University of Vermont until teaching positions at Cal State Hayward and then Loyola Marymount took him and his young family to California.
Later in his career, he established Briggs Reporting Co., Inc., an electronic court reporting firm.
Hod’s interest in Asia was sparked by the two years he spent with Mary Ann teaching English at Tunghai University in Taiwan right after graduating from Oberlin; this was an experience they both remembered fondly as the magical start to their 64 years of married life.
Hod was devoted to two family homes: one on Worcester Hill Road in Intervale, the other on a Maine island. He enjoyed exploring the varied landscapes of the U.S. with his wife and children as they traveled by car from California each summer to visit these family homes.
Hod was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Jean Louise Briggs. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Thiergartner) Briggs; their three children, Stephen, Susan and Jeffrey Briggs; his older brother, William, and Jean (Webster) Briggs; his sister, Meg Worcester; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.
As Hod wished, there will be no formal service.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.