Tod A. Dockstader
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Dockstader, Tod A.
Tod Allen Dockstader died on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Arlington, MA. He was 82 years old and had suffered from vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He was a long-time resident of Westport, CT, where he owned Westport Communications Group and made award-winning educational filmstrips and videos. He was predeceased by his wife Beverly Ann Nyberg Dockstader, who passed away on Dec. 18, 2014. They met while studying at the University of Minnesota and were married for 60 years. Tod adored his soulmate, Beverly, and together they enjoyed sailing, antiquing, reading, and lively conversation. Tod was a quiet, private, kind man who will be missed for his fierce intellect, his imagination, and his clever sense of humor. A true artist, he was a writer, painter, cartoonist, recording engineer, photographer, and composer. He is best known as a pioneer of electronic music. Tod's early works pre-dated synthesizers. He referred to his music as "organized sound," and he released more than a dozen albums over 45 years. Tod's music appeared in Frederico Fellini's "Satyricon," and more recently in a boxed set of the Who's "Tommy," on Pete Townsend's demos CD. He is survived by his daughter Christina Dare Dockstader Kinard, his grandchildren Charlotte Dare Kinard and Paul Allen Kinard, and his son-in-law Randy E. Kinard, all of Lexington, MA.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund at 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or

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Published in Westport-News from Jun. 23 to Jun. 26, 2015.
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July 7, 2015
Lovely Tina -- this is a moving tribute. I believe the best tribute to your father's unique gifts and extraordinary talents must surely be the extraordinary daughter he raised, knew, and loved. You have navigated his illness and death with soulfulness, deep respect, and grace. He must have been so proud of you.
Holly Kania
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