Posted on: November 19, 2018
Dr. Richard W. Dodd, 80, died on November 5, in Daytona Beach. Dr. Dodd was born in Skaneateles, NY in 1934, to Donald and Irene Dodd. He attended Skaneateles High School, and college at St. Lawrence University. Highlights of his college years included singing with the St. Lawrence Saints on the Steve Allen show, and playing on the school basketball team against the Harlem Globe-trotters.
Dr. Dodd graduated from medical school at Syracuse University, and his intern year at the University of Virginia. He completed his residency program at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, he met his first wife, Jean Petrock, they moved to Daytona Beach, and had two children, Paul and Helen. Dr. Dodd operated a family practice for many years with Dr. Carroll Crouch. He then started the Family Medical Practice program at Halifax Hospital, where he trained many young physicians. One of the high points of Dr. Dodd’s life in Daytona Beach was being elected City Commissioner in Zone 2, where he served with great distinction from 1977-1983. Dr. Dodd relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 1983, where he founded the Family Practice program at Baptist Hospital. He retired in 1996, and he and Jean moved back to Daytona Beach, where Jean died in 1997.
In 2000, Dr. Dodd became reacquainted with an old friend, Katherine (Katie) Green, and they were happily married in 2001. Dr. Dodd was very civic minded. He served as President of the Volusia County Medical Society, was President of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, and an active deacon at Seabreeze United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his sister, Suzanne Teller, of Niagara Falls, son Paul (Daynia) and daughter Helen (Rick) Rodgers, and grandchildren Keith, Mallory, RJ, Jared and Lauren. Survivors also include his devoted wife, Katherine, and her sons Jeffrey Green, Palm Coast, and Gary Green, Orlando. He and Katie also have two grandsons, Connor and Tyler.
Memorial contributions may be made directly to Seabreeze United Church of Christ.