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POWNAL -- Phyllis Boushall Dodge, author, dedicated wife and mother, farmer and community activist, died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2004 at her home in Pownal, after suffering a heart attack on Christmas Eve.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J. in 1923, Mrs. Dodge was the daughter of Joseph D. and Alice Marvel Boushall. She attended the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa., Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, N.J., and Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. It was during her years in Princeton that she met her future husband Cleveland E. Dodge Jr., whom she married in December 1942. At the end of World War II they moved to Schenectady, N.Y., and in 1951 to Quarry Hill Farm in Pownal, where they have lived ever since.

For a decade, Mrs. Dodge raised sheep, beef and chickens on the farm, and provided fresh eggs for her friends and customers in Williamstown, Mass. Always active in community service, she was a member of the boards of the United Counseling Service in Bennington, the Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal, the Bennington Museum Acquisitions Committee, and president of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (Berkshire Unit), where she spent many years reading for the blind. A tireless fund-raiser for the charities she championed, in 1967 she received the Woman of the Year award from the Bennington Business and Professional Womens Club. She was a member of Friday Club in Williamstown, Mass., and the Cosmopolitan Club in New York.

Mrs. Dodge had a keen interest in history, a love of books, art, and travel. She was author of “Tales of the Phelps Dodge Families,” published by the New York Historical Society in 1987. This book tells the history of the Dodge family from the 17th to the early 20th century as copper entrepreneurs and philanthropists. It received wide acclaim as a social history of the city of New York.

The Dodges travelled throughout the world visiting friends and family. Her favorite destination was London, where she owned an apartment and kept in touch with her many English friends and interests. The Dodges delighted in giving parties on both sides of the ocean. In Pownal their annual Sportsfest in September and New Year’s Day parties became part of community tradition. She was an active sportswoman, and enjoyed skiing, tennis and golf.

Mr. Dodge is an entrepreneur, industrialist, and philanthropist, founder of several corporations including Dodge Industries in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., makers of Teflon coatings and products. He is chairman of the C.H. Dodge Foundation in New York City.

Mrs. Dodge is survived by her husband of 61 years Cleveland E. Dodge Jr.; a sister, Martha B. Tottenham-Smith of Princeton, N.J.; her son and daughter-in-law, Cleveland E. Dodge III (Andy) and Wendy of Montreal, Quebec; her daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Robin Berkeley of London, England, and Sally Dodge Mole and Dale Guldbrandsen of Manchester; also by six grandchildren including Matthew Mole (Katherine), William Dodge (Leonora), and Alice Dodge all of Burlington, Christopher Mole (Stephanie) and Hugo Berkeley of New York City, Julia Berkeley of Sydney, Australia; two great-grandchildren, Anson and Isaac; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date at the Dodge family mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a favorite charity in her memory.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mahar Funeral Home, Hoosick, N.Y.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 20, 2004
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