John P. Dodge, Blue Hill, Maine

Published in Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2010

BROOKLIN and BLUE HILL - John P. Dodge died July 21, 2010, after a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Washington, D.C., the eldest son of Parker and Charlotte Dodge. John obtained a bachelor's degree at the College of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University in 1940. Shortly after college he joined the Naval Reserve. During World War II he was a flight navigator with the Naval Air Transport Service in the Pacific. Post war, he began law school and was recalled to work in Naval Air Aviation Training publications during the Korean War. He earned a Juris Doctor degree at George Washington University Law School and practiced law in Bethesda, Md., and the District of Columbia, before starting a legal career with Securities and Exchange Commission and Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C. He retired in 1980 as an administrative law judge.

During the war, John married Dorothy Tyler, R.N., of Brooklin. They had two daughters, now Susan (Mrs. Frederick) Kircheis and Jane (Mrs. David) Kidder. In addition to his beloved wife of 68 years and daughters, John is survived by grandsons, David and Daniel Kircheis; granddaughters, Leslie and Tyler Kidder; three great-grandchildren, Lauren, Aaron and Brianna Kircheis; sister, Margery Radomski; brother, Austin Dodge; many nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond.

He was predeceased by sisters, Francis Gagliardi and Eleanor Wangersky; and brothers, Charles and David Dodge. In accordance with John's wish, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a future date. Contributions in John's memory may be made to Salvation Army, 65 South Park St., Bangor, ME 04401; Friend Memorial Library, P.O. Box 57, Brooklin, ME 04616; or Blue Hill Public Library, P.O. Box 824, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.