Samuel Garland Dodd, passed away peacefully, Sunday, October 8, 2017, at his home after a brief illness. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Sam was born on May 23, 1921 in Trenton, NJ to Sidney and Abbie (nee Garland) Dodd.
The family moved to Caldwell, NJ, early on for better schools as Sam was growing up. His father Sidney was an early inspiration being a graduate of MIT in chemistry and chief chemist for Oakite Chemicals. Sam would accompany his father to NYC on Saturdays to explore in the afternoons after work. Sam attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, during 1938-43, graduating with a degree in Biology and the desire to become a researcher. He was accepted into the Biology PhD program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and spent six months there before being drafted, with World War II in full swing. Auspiciously, the Army offered to send him to medical school all-expenses paid, and he enrolled at Temple Medical School in Philadelphia. He met his future bride, Anne (nee Hale), while at Temple, and the two married in 1946, remaining a couple for more than 71 years. The two practiced medicine for many decades following their education and training in anesthesiology. Sam returned to military service for a short period during the Korean War serving as a doctor in the Air Force at San Antonio. The family moved to Newington, CT for positions at Hartford Hospital and finally to Mansfield, CT in 1960 where Sam joined a physician practice at Windham Community Hospital until his retirement in 1986.
Sam and Anne raised three boys, Thomas, James, and David. Sam had a few key passions in life: the natural world, classical and jazz music, and the Red Sox. These are the things he enjoyed most when he was not working.
He would regard his conservation work with Joshuas Trust to be the best thing he did, helping to grow the organization from inception over several decades to the largest conservation land trust in Connecticut. He wrote detailed guide, The Joshuas Trust Walk Book, that described the extensive trails he and others made on those lands, and made available for public enjoyment. The New York Times book review took note of it in their publication. Those open spaces of the Trust are his legacy and gift to future generations in the region. Sam and his family were very close to Anne's extended family, and enjoyed spending time with them in Maine in particular. The family purchased a shore home near Bar Harbor, ME, in 1985, and spent summers there boating, hiking, and engaging in innumerable carriage road bike rides. The family will never forget the late-day lounging around the barbeque, recounting the days adventures. Sam also delighted in maintaining the extensive annual and perennial flower gardens during the long Maine summer days. Sam is survived by his loving spouse, Anne, now living at the Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover, MA. He also leaves behind his sons, Thomas (Agnes), James (Eunsook), and David (Julie), grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, William, Andrew, Brittan, and Abigail, and great-grandchildren, Luke, Molly, and Sammy. He will be sorely missed by all.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday October 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com Donations may be made to Joshuas Trust in Sam's memory.