By Julie McCay Turner
To celebrate John Dodge’s 90th birthday, his wife Connie Donovan Dodge and his family will entertain the community in the Great Room of Old Town Hall from 6 until 8:30 pm on Friday, July 26. If you would like to attend the party, please respond to Bobbie Ennis (781‐275‐6874) or Margaret Donovan (212‐568‐3898).
In addition to his duties as Town Historian, where he brings a “sense of fun” to Bedford’s past, you may know Dodge as an ardent supporter of Boston’s day shelter, St. Francis House. He can be found along Great Road collecting gently-used coats on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, or at the polls with a jar that quickly fills with voters’ small change.
Dodge also works with Bedford Television, producing programs that evoke Bedford’s history as remembered by his long-time pals who grew up with him here in Bedford.
He is also a proud founder of the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society who credits Mrs. Lilljegren, his art teacher, with the path his life has taken. Professionally, Dodge maintains one of the largest collections of ephemera in the Northeast, the John Brooks Dodge Collection. Selling both original prints and ones that he has hand-colored, work from Dodges’s collection can be found in hotels and hospitals around the world including Boston Children’s Hospital, the Seaport Hotel, Chicago’s Palmer House hotel, and the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI.
Happy birthday, John!