| Arthur Douglas Dodge, II|
A. (Arthur) Douglas Dodge II 1920 - 2009 WETHERSFIELD, CT
We announce with profound sadness the death of A. Douglas Dodge II, age 88, on June 12, 2009, at Avon Health Center, Avon, Conn. He died peacefully of complications from Alzheimer's.
Doug was a consummate gentleman, a man with a smile for everyone who made friends everywhere. We will miss him deeply.
He was the son of Percival and Elizabeth Loomis Dodge of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Born on Sept. 14, 1920, he was the great-grandson of 19th Century Connecticut Governor, Marshall Jewell, and great-great-grandson of William Earl Dodge, founder of the Phelps-Dodge Corporation. He was educated at Brooks School, Andover, Mass., and Yale ('42), where he was president of the Glee Club. After graduating from Yale.
Doug served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a Pratt and Whitney trained aircraft mechanic.
Wed to Elizabeth (Libby) S. Thompson of Fall River, Mass., in 1944, he treasured 62 years of marriage until her death in 2006. A devoted father, Doug and Libby raised three daughters in Wethersfield, Conn., where he was active in Wethersfield town affairs, served on the inland wetlands commission and chaired "Republicans for McGovern" in 1972.
He worked at Veeder Root, Connecticut General Insurance, and retired from The Travelers in 1982 as a financial planner. After 37 years in Wethersfield, Doug and Libby retired to East Falmouth, Mass., where they both volunteered at New Alchemy Institute, a pioneering energy conservation project.
As a dedicated member of the Wood's Hole Historical Society, Doug once spent three years building them a scale model of the Woods Hole area. He and Libby returned to the Wethersfield area in 2000 to be closer to family.
Doug leaves behind daughters, Deborah of Great Barrington, Mass., Melissa Vaughan and husband, Richard, of Farmington, Conn., and Andrea and husband, Dwight Bramble, of Cambridge, Mass. He leaves a 'fourth daughter', Cordula von Godin of Munich, Germany, who became part of the family as an AFS exchange student 1962-63. He also leaves his grandchildren, Amanda T. Lloyd of Washington D.C. and Jeffrey M. Lloyd and wife, Suzanne, of Auburn Hills, Mich., and his great-grandchildren Brendan and Heather Lloyd. Surviving him are his brother and sister-in-law Murray and Pixie Dodge of Ardmore, Pa.; his sister, Nancy Heenan of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; his brother-in-law and wife, Ted and Claire Thompson of Swansea, Mass., and sister-in-law Betty Thompson of Westport, Mass. He also leaves several cousins, nieces and nephews