STEVEN BRUCE DODGE
1945 - 2019
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DODGE, Steven Bruce Pioneering Entrepreneur, Influential Mentor, Dedicated Husband, Father, and Friend. 1945-2019 (Bonita Springs, FL) Pioneering entrepreneur in telecommunications and real estate development, passed away January 17, 2019, following a traffic collision. Husband of 44 years to Anne Nordblom Dodge, and father to Tom, Kristen, and Ben. Steven Dodge was 73 years old. Born to Nelson Dodge, a sales executive, and Betsy Dodge, an artist, in New Haven, Conn., Dodge attended the Hotchkiss School ('63) and Yale University (BA '67) on scholarship. Dodge was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs at Babson College in 2002, and most recently being inducted into the Mobile Infrastructure Hall of Fame, November 2018. He served on several boards of directors including, Sotheby's, The Cabot, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Endicott College, and Montserrat College of Art, among others. Throughout his professional endeavors and personal relationships, Dodge repeatedly demonstrated the importance of maintaining genuine humility, selfless generosity, and a sense of humor. Despite his extraordinary success, Dodge is remembered and revered most for his quiet leadership qualities, specifically his ability to mentor and instill confidence in others. Countless people regarded his guidance, which he offered freely, as key in reaching significant life decisions. In the last decade of his life, when his attentions lifted from the demands of major business operations and settled with the satisfaction of daily life and meaningful relationships, Dodge was an especially dedicated husband, parent, brother and friend. He poured his attentions most to his wife Anne, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2011. Dodge gladly served as her loving and indefatigable caretaker, taking great pains to improve the quality of her life at any cost, and to spend quality time with her on a daily basis. While he enjoyed the somewhat steady stream of visitors at their home in FL, he most looked forward to settling into a quiet routine with Anne, Yelida (Anne's caretaker), and Mason, their steadfast dog. Over the course of 25 years, Dodge launched four significant ventures: American Cable Systems, American Radio Systems, American Tower Corporation, and Windover Development. He built each company with ingenuity and drive, shifting from one to the next with uncanny timing. On March 16, 2006 Dodge graced the cover of Globe North of The Boston Globe in a piece titled "Man with the Golden Touch." After service as a Naval officer in the Vietnam era, Dodge bypassed an opportunity to attend Harvard Business School in favor of on-the-ground, hands-on learning at the Bank of Boston where he met his wife, Anne, who was working on a different floor in the money market department. While at the bank, Dodge joined a team making high-risk loans in entertainment, and cable television, among others. Asking himself, why he was on the inside making loans, rather than on the outside borrowing, he secured equity funding to establish a cable company. American Cable Systems emerged as a major player in the cable industry. In time, it reached half a million subscribers and became the industry leader in revenue per subscriber. Dodge took the company public in 1986. Four days before the 1987 Black Monday stock market dive, he closed on a sale of the company to Continental Cablevision. Shifting to radio at a time when the sector was struggling, he began acquiring stations, many of them turnarounds. With the support and ingenuity of a loyal team, American Radio Systems dominated, amassing over 100 stations in two dozen urban markets by 1997. The station that marked a turning point and landed permanently on his license plate was WBMX, a small, local station in Boston. Dodge prized owning the radio broadcasting rights for his beloved Boston Red Sox, and loved visiting Joe Castiglione in the broadcasting box with this sons Tom and Ben. After building the company to become the nation's second largest radio operator, Dodge merged ARS into CBS-Westinghouse in 1998. Earlier the same year, American Radio Systems spun off a subsidiary that became the American Tower Corporation. Dodge built ATC into the leading independent owner-operator of communications towers in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil before he turned over the reins to a successor he had groomed for the role. While Dodge enjoyed his ride in corporate America, he was drawn more passionately to an unending series of projects with a common theme – building well designed and environmentally sensitive spaces, landscapes and interiors, on prized sites in New England and Florida. Dodge referred to himself as a bit of a closet builder and architect. He artfully enhanced existing landscapes on land in Massachusetts, Vermont and Cape Cod, with weathered fieldstone fences, newly planted trees, and classic New England structures that, in his words, were "made to look 150 years old" the day they were completed. Dodge placed hundreds of acres of accumulated property in Land Trust. Noting the extent and quality of Dodge's work, a friend and neighbor quipped, "It's what God would have done if he hadn't run out of money." After his corporate ventures, Dodge ramped up his landscaping and home building hobby, transforming it into a serious residential real estate endeavor. Dodge founded Windover Development LLC in 2004, which grew into several companies, including Windover Construction Inc., which he sold in 2015, continuing his operations as Beverly Crossing. He enjoyed being closely involved with each project, dedicating the kind of attention to detail that he would have wanted in a home built for himself and his family. With the support of loyal investors and an excellent team, Dodge was the driving force behind the ongoing revitalization of Beverly, MA, passionately contributing to the transformation of the Depot area and honoring its arts-oriented urban core through multiple mixed-use housing endeavors. In an uncanny turn of events, Dodge discovered that Beverly was the site of the first Dodge settlers in 1629. Dodge played out a lifelong passion for the Boston Red Sox with season tickets to Fenway Park and annual, family visits to the spring training camp in Florida. He built a home nearby with Anne and began transitioning their lives south. With an impulse for staying busy, and a knack for finding new challenges, Dodge created projects for himself. He soon emerged as a player in the local homebuilding arena. Initially investing heavily in high end, beach front developments, Dodge recently began shifting his focus to modest, single-level homes in a middle income community where "real people" live. Education was the primary target of Dodge's sometimes anonymous gifts. With his wife Anne, he made meaningful contributions to institutions attended by his children including Brookwood School, Brown University, Middlesex School, Milton Academy, and University of Vermont. He also made impactful contributions to Boston Renaissance Charter School, Montserrat College of Art, Cabot Performing Arts Center, and Root, among many others. Dodge had his favorite getaways and pastimes, including fishing the mountain streams in Chile with sons Tom and Ben, brother Martin, son in law Darren Foote, and close friends. He also loved motorcycling on Sardinia with a group of long term buddies. "We biked there because they had no speed limits. "How I survived those days…..?" Dodge was an avid reader, rarely passing a day without a book in his hands. He recently found great pleasure in returning to the classics, starting with a copy of Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls, which was inscribed in 1998 by his daughter Kristen. Dodge is survived by wife Anne Dodge (Bonita Springs, FL), sons Tom Dodge (Manchester, MA), Ben Dodge (Cohasset, MA), daughter Kristen Dodge (Kinderhook, NY), five grandchildren, and brothers Lowell Dodge (Boulder, CO), and Martin Dodge (Canandaigua, NY). Services will be held February 2, 2019, at 2pm EST at St John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA. In lieu of giving flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Cabot, thecabot.org/donate/donate

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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 24 to Jan. 27, 2019.
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May 17, 2019
I just learned of Steve's passing in the current Yale Alumni Magazine. Steve was one of my freshman year roommates in Vanderbilt Hall at Yale. His wit and sparkle remain vivid memories to this day and he helped this mid-western kid from public high school adapt to the high octane world of Prep School prepared Yalies. Not surprised to read about all he accomplished in life. His image from those days will remain indelible
Frank Reed
March 1, 2019
I am so sorry to have learned of Steve's tragic death. I served as a fellow naval officer with Steve aboard USS John A. Bole (DD-755). We were all a bunch of kids, most reservistists thrust into the Vietnam War. Steve was forthright and unafraid to speak his mind particularly in protecting the enlisted crew from what we considered were inane policies. He was a dedicated professional who was held in high regard by juniors and seniors alike.

I enjoyed his company on liberty ashore and was involved with him in a few Mr. Roberts like shenanigans. On a couple of occasions he was the instigator like the time we had to borrow the base OOD's truck to get back to the ship in Guam.

He was a great shipmate and a real good guy.

After our time in Bole I ran into Steve again when he was Chief Engineer aboard a New York based destroyer. I was in Newport, Rhode Island and his ship was our training ship.

We had long tried to get Steve to our Bole ship reunions but his busy schedule prevented that. Nevertheless, I enjoyed our communications by e-mail. I marveled at his successful career and I confess to bragging that I knew that guy when.

To Steve's family my wife Colleen and I extend our most sincere condolences in this tragic loss. He was such a genuine and decent human being.

Captain Jim Barton (US Navy-Ret)
James Barton
February 28, 2019
Leadership with integrity, compassion, and vision. A recipe he applied to business and life.
Chet Osadchey
February 4, 2019
I enjoyed my talks with Steve a lot. I know he was very bright, restless, thoughtful, widely read, and loved his wife and children.
I send my sincere condolences to his family. A truly witty, literate, giving entrepreneur who enlarged my life.
Stuart Mushlin
February 3, 2019
Steve was a living example of "Pay it Forward". He impacted many lives in many wonderful ways, including mine. My condolences to Anne and his family. Thank you Steve Dodge for many life lessons that I shall carry for the rest of mine.
Greg Strassell
February 2, 2019
Hi Anne,

This is Frank Krasovec. We met a long time ago. Steve was my banker for our Swiss Cable operation. I gave you a Willie Nelson album after we had dinner one evening and you asked "who was Willie". I had recently moved to Austin and met Willie.

Steve was kind enough to ask me to be his first outside director for American Cable.The rest is history.

We stayed connected for a long time and appreciated the lived the same values and business interests.

My warmest sympathy to you and your family.

Frank
frank krasovec
February 2, 2019
frank krasovec
February 2, 2019
So very sorry to hear of this news. I loved the times our families would spend together in Dennis (mostly on the beach). Those are some of my fondest memories from childhood. Steve was always kind to me. My prayers go out to you all in this difficult time.
David Crocker
February 2, 2019
Great great man. Had the pleasure meeting Steve. Very encouraging . Gave me his home phone number to call him anytime. Like a fool I lost it.my loss.
Andy Karahalis
February 1, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dodge family and to the many, many people who mourn this tragic loss. I had the very good fortune to work with Steve at American Radio Systems. He was a true business visionary, but also a wonderful person. Humble, kind and generous. I have many wonderful memories of him and how his inspired leadership brought out the best in those around him.
LYNN O'CONNELL
Coworker
January 31, 2019
It is with great sadness I read about Steven's tragic passing. I am shocked and extend my deepest sympathy to Anne and the entire family. I had the honour of knowing Steven during the start up of American Cablesystems. An amazing individual, business was important but family even more so. My prayers are with you all.
Elizabeth Prescott
January 30, 2019
1983
My husband, Curt Wolff (deseased in 1998, 44 years old) worked for Steve at American Cable Systems in Beverly as a financial analyst. I still have his acceptance letter signed by David Prescott in March of 1983. Our family was very young at that time and both Steve & Anne quickly became good friends, supporting us as we learned to balance work & family. In addition to being a mentor to Curt at the office, Steve & Anne opened their hearts and their home to us. Steve was genuine - a rare combination of brilliant business man and caring individual. I am so sad to hear of his passing as well as Anne's battle with Parkinson's Disease. My thoughts and prayers are with Anne and her family as they say their goodbyes to Steve in the days ahead. I pray for comfort, peace and many happy memories.
Karen (Wolff) Swan
January 29, 2019
Steve was a force of nature and such a brilliant, kind, and dear man. He was a tremendous mentor for me years ago. My utmost condolences to the Dodge family at this most difficult time.
Heather Tobin
January 28, 2019
I only spent two hours with Steve in 1982 and 1983, but those two meetings set me on a new career path and eventually to a new life on Cape Ann where my wife and I have become big fans of many of things that Steve touched, including the Cabot Theater.

I was a second year MBA student who needed an internship to graduate. I was interested in the emerging data communications industry and decided to solicit the Boston area cable companies for internship opportunities. Steve was the only executive to answer my call and invite me to meet with him. During our first one hour meeting in the Fall of 1982 we agreed on a research project, and in the Spring of 1983 he spent another hour with me hearing the results of the project. His pleasure with the quality of project led to a recommendation and a job in the high tech industry that kicked off a successful 35 year career that paid for 3 college tuitions, and enabled my wife and I to recently move to Rockport, MA.

I was sorry to learn of Steve's death and extend my deepest condolences to those who loved him.
Jeff Kaplan
January 28, 2019
Ann & the Family, My most sincere condolences. I met Steve as a car salesman and he was a great gentleman.

Ed Cooperstein,
now retired and formally at Ira Subaru
January 28, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the Dodge family. XO Sally Lee
Sally Lee
January 28, 2019
Steve was extraordinary in so, so many ways. I worked with Steve at Bank Boston and then Austin Ventures invested in American Cable, and I served on his board. I've worked with talented entrepreneurs of over 40 years and Steve was absolutely the best. His self-deprecating style, sense of humor and caring attitude always came to the fore. Not only did Steve have a brilliant mind, he was laser-like in identifying the one or two critical business issues in every situation. I loved working for and with Steve. My heart goes out to the Dodge children. Such a vibrant, wonderful man. Condolences, Ken DeAngelis
Ken DeAngelis
January 27, 2019
Eileen McAllister
January 27, 2019

I read of a life fully lived and I am so sorry for your sudden loss Anne and family. Anne -- I remember our times together as kids and young women. We missed you at our CA reunion this year, but have not forgotten your smile. May you be held close by friends and family. - Tamsen
Tamsen Merrill
January 27, 2019
Dear Nordie,
I am so sorry for your loss. Although I met Steven only once, and decades ago, his was a vibrant, generous, and stimulating life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.
With love, Katie Little
January 27, 2019
I came to know Steve in 1994 when American Radio Systems purchased the stations I was running in West Palm Beach. In the years to follow I grew to revere Steve for the person he was...humble, visionary, thoughtful and brilliant. Steve was an amazing person, and I personally was blessed to have known him for so many years. As a leader, none better, ever! As a person, a wonderful family man and a good friend. As a businessman, incredible! His legacy reaches far beyond the phenomenal companies he created, and beyond the tower industry he virtually inventedit is about the so many people he touched, helped, taught, mentored, befriended, influenced and helped change for the better! He greatly enriched my life and I held his friendship until the end in high regard. This man was a one of a kind life changer if you knew him type of person. My heart cries for his wonderful wife, Anne and his entire family whom he so deeply loved. God Bless, Steve.
Lee Strasser
January 27, 2019
I got to know Steve through several meetings regarding housing development that Windover and Beverly Crossing were considering. Some of my favorite moments in 20+ years at MassDevelopment were sitting across from this kind and thoughtful man who took it upon himself to bring Beverly and other parts of the North Shore back to prominence through development and charitable work. The City has lost a selfless champion and I hope we can all try to carry on his legacy by continuing to create opportunities for others the way he did. I'd also like to add my condolences to his family and hope that the work he was committed to will help lift your spirits at this difficult time. I'm sad for your loss and for ours. We could use a lot more Steve Dodges around here.

Ken Goode, MassDevelopment
January 26, 2019
I came to know about Steven through conversation with Marty Dodge this evening in Canandaigua, NY; and wonderfully written text here. Sam Samanta
Sam Samanta
January 26, 2019
Steve was always a force - a positive influence!! The most accomplished person I've known- yet he was never to busy to share his time, advice and genuine friendship. His legacy has impacted thousands and his kindness will not be forgotten...
Michael Abel
January 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I only knew Steve a short while while working with him and knew he was a great man. The world has an empty space with Steve's passing. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you in this time of sorrow.
Amy Oreto
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