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Arthur W. Dodds Sr. Obituary
Captain Arthur W. Dodds, Sr (retired), at 102 years of age, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. He had been living at home with the help of health care providers, friends and family, and was transferred to a hospice care facility on July 30, 2012, where he passed away three hours later of natural causes. He was a native of Littleton, Massachusetts, and the son of the late James William Dodds and Ethel Wright Dodds. Capt. Dodds received his Ph.G. in 1933 and his Ph.C. in 1935, both from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. From 1936-1951, Capt. Dodds served as the Chief Pharmacist at the Lynn (MA) General Hospital. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as a commissioned officer, Lieutenant Commander, and retired in 1973 from the USPHS as a Captain. From 1951-1965, Capt. Dodds served as Chief Pharmacist for USPHS hospitals and clinics at Boston, Norfolk, Baltimore, Staten Island, and Washington, D.C. In 1962, he r eceived the USPHS Commissioned Officers Commendation Medal. In 1965, Capt. Dodds became Chief of the Pharmacy Branch, Division of Direct Health Services and also served as Chief Pharmacy Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Health Services. Capt. Dodds served in the military from 1951-1952, in the USPHS. Capt. Dodds became a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1944 and was a Past President of the Massachusetts Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Southeastern New York State Chapters. Also, he was a Past President of the ASHP. Captain Dodds was a life member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Military Surgeons, the USPHS Clinical Society, the USPHS Commissioned Officers Association, and the American Public Health Association. Captain Dodds contributed to hospital and hospital pharmacy publications on a variety of subjects and, most notably and after retirement, served on the Technical-Editorial Advisory Committee for the writing of "The Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea" (HEW Publication No. (HAS) 78-2024, revised and retitled 1978). After retirement, Capt. Dodds enjoyed jogging, golf, painting, and playing the organ. He took numerous trips worldwide, enjoying the sights of Patagonia, China, and Egypt, among numerous other countries. Most recently, he spent many hours volunteering at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, where he was an avid supporter of the music program and was a generous contributor to the needs of the church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Armstrong Dodds, his brother Richard Wright Dodds, and his sister Elizabeth Dodds Smith. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted friend Carol Lewis, his sister, Ruth Dodds Wolfson of Littleton, his son Arthur W. Dodds, Jr., and his son's wife Pamela, his grandchild Jennifer Grover and her husband Aviv and their children Jay, Devan, and Genevieve, and his grandchild Rebecca Spolnicki and her husband Eric and their children Jonathan, Ethan, and Steven. A memorial service was held for Capt. Dodds at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD 20901. The family requests that donations be contributed to your favorite charities.

Published in The Littleton Independent from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28, 2012
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