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John Lanphere Dodge III John passed away from complications from Parkinson's disease at home in Mill Valley on June 23, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born in Orangeburg, New York on January 6, 1930. John graduated from Haverford College, where he was a member of the sailing team and co-captain of the wrestling team. He served three years as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) on the destroyer USS Hickox and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1957, John moved to San Francisco and joined Matson on the eve of containerization. From 1962 to 1964 he served with the Peace Corps as a country director in Liberia and Nigeria where he met and married a fellow volunteer. They had three children. John continued to work in transportation for Matson, Weyerhaeuser, and as an independent transportation and business consultant until he and a partner bought Cal-Cedar Homes and North Bay Wood in Sebastopol, which John continued to run until retirement. John met his second wife Peg Dueringer in 1978. John and Peg loved to travel. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease he made a list of places he wanted to go. Trekking, bicycling, rafting, sailing, and touring took them all over the world, including China, Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, India, and Europe. Their last expedition together was to Antarctica. He enjoyed driving and working on classic cars; his 1949 MG TC, "Sir Cedric", still resides in the garage in Mill Valley. John also loved to spend time with friends and family at their property in Cloverdale, pruning, trying to get his old army jeep to run, playing horseshoes, and sipping cocktails on the sun deck. John is survived by his wife Peg, his children Lisa, Elizabeth, and Bill, his son-in-law Albert Orozco and daughter-in-law Liz O'Brien, and his four grandchildren Tris Dodge, Anthony Dodge, Josh Orozco, and Melia Orozco. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Parkinson's Institute, Hospice By The Bay, or .
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 1, 2012
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