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Sir Henry Hodge

We are poorer by the death of Henry Hodge (obituary, 30 June), but richer by his lifelong work, writes Andy Thomas.

As Senior (and later, Principal) Complaints Officer at the Commission for Racial Equality in the late 1980s and early '90s, it was Henry to whom I would often turn, particularly when time was short and the brief shorter, to fight and win cases of racial discrimination in the County Court and the (then) Industrial Tribunal. Henry would work late and personally on the case papers and closely with outstanding Counsel.

We would not have achieved what we did without him, and he was a loyal colleague and friend in our own times of trouble.