Dodds, Gordon (Barlow) 1932-2003

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DODDS, Gordon (Barlow) 1932-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born March 12, 1932, in Milwaukee, WI; died of progressive lung disease, August 29, 2003, in Portland, OR. Historian, educator, and author. Dodds was a professor emeritus at Portland State University and a scholar of the history of the American Northwest. He was a graduate of Harvard, earning an A.B. there in 1954 before attending graduate school at the University of Illinois. Dodds received his M.A. at Illinois in 1955, followed by a Ph.D. in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin. He then joined the faculty at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, as a history instructor, later becoming an associate professor there from 1964 to 1966. He moved to Portland next to become an associate professor of history at Portland State College (now University). Dodds was chair of the history department at PSU from 1996 until 1999, retiring the next year. Most interested in the history of Oregon and the Northwest in general, he was the author of several books, including The Salmon King of Oregon (1963), Oregon: A Bicentennial History (1977), and The American Northwest: A History of Oregon and Washington (1986). His last book, published in 2000, was The College That Would Not Die: The First Fifty Years of Portland State University, 1946-1996. A distinguished teacher, Dodds received awards for education excellence, including the Branford P. Millar Award for Faculty Excellence in 1979, and the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Service Award from PSU in 1998.



Oregonian, August 31, 2003.