Thomas Earle Dodge|
Allison Park, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania
Thomas Earle Dodge, 61 Formerly of Leicester MA. died 27 December at his home after a long illness.
He leaves his wife of 41 years, Norma (Todd) Dodge; two sons, Todd E. and Steven L. Dodge, both of Virginia; a daughter, Lisa A. Fleck of Virginia; his mother, Ann (Southwick) (Dodge)Cutting of Leicester; a brother, Clifford F. Dodge III of Denver; two granddaughters; four nephews and a niece.
He was born in Worcester MA, son of the late Clifford Francis Dodge Jr. and attended Leicester public schools and the University of Massachusetts. He later received a master's degree from Southland University and a doctorate from Walden University in Minnesota in 1990.
Mr. Dodge earned a private pilot's license at age 16. Despite a boyhood accident that partially crippled his right arm, he did extensive rehabilitation and was accepted as a pilot by the Air Force in 1963. In 1964, he was assigned to a heavy, four-engine cargo plane.
He served during the Vietnam War before leaving the military service in 1970. He then was a travel club pilot, an insurance salesman, a stockbroker and a salesman for Medrad, a medical equipment company. He received a presidential commendation for his work in exports, particularly to China
Mr. Dodge sang in a local choir and with a local barbershop group. Most recently, he taught at several Western Pennsylvania colleges.
The funeral was held in Allison Park.