Beloved CRCDS friend, supporter, historian and alumna Dr. Sally L. Dodgson (CRDS ’84) passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Kenneth V. Dodgson (CRDS ’48) and three daughters, Margaret (Kim), Kathryn and Carol, their spouses and five grandchildren. Sally served as the Director of Communications at CRDS from 1984-1996 and later held the position of Assistant to the President for Institutional Research.
Sally embodied a life of service. In 1957, Sally and Ken left the United States to live and work in Jorhat, Assam, India, where they spent the next 25 years. This experience shaped Sally’s life significantly and she and Ken would often share stories of their time there. Upon returning to the United States, Sally enrolled at CRDS/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, receiving her Master of Divinity Degree in 1984. In 2005, she was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity degree from her and Ken’s undergraduate alma mater, Franklin College. In 2008, together with Jean Bartlett, she was honored with the first Helen Barrett Montgomery Women of Vision award by CRCDS. Sally was honored by CRCDS in 2015 as a Distinguished Alumna.
Sally’s steadfast and active support of causes and institutions dear to her heart was exemplary. She was honored to serve as the President and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester Genesee Region, and was a member of the First Baptist Church’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, Sally’s outreach and social justice efforts included tutoring for Burmese refugees, working on voter registration for the Interfaith Alliance, participating in death penalty protests and assisting in building the first Habitat for Humanity home completely designed for and built by women.
All of us who knew Sally benefitted from her kindness, presence and genuine friendship. She was a woman of great accomplishment and great humility who was deeply shaped by her Midwestern roots. CRCDS relied heavily on Sally over the years in numerous ways, including her service as the school’s unofficial historian. Whether faced with a question about a carving in the chapel, the family members of a prior faculty member or the date the new pump house was built, Sally took each question in stride and almost always provided an immediate answer. Sally’s greatest gift to all of us in the CRCDS family was her steady, loving and cheerful presence. Over the years, she, Ken and her dear friend (and ours) Jean Bartlett, attended almost every one. No event was complete without Sally. She will be missed dearly by us all.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 10AM, First Baptist Church, 175 Allen’s Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618. See more at:
Please join us in praying for Ken, his family and all those who mourn the loss of this extraordinary servant of God.