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In memorium - Richard Dodge, former acting dean

August 21, 2007

ARLINGTON, TX (August 16, 2007) – Richard L. Dodge Jr., who served as acting dean of The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture from 2002-2003, died Friday, August 10, 2007. He was 71.

Professor Dodge received his Bachelor of Architecture from Berkeley in 1961 and his Master of Architecture from Yale in 1967. He served on the faculty and as associate dean at The University of Texas in Austin as Bartlett Cocke Regents Centennial Professor (Emeritus). In 2002, he was appointed Acting Dean of UT Arlington’ School of Architecture and guided the institution through the difficult period following the dismissal of former dean Martha LaGess. Richard Dodge was succeeded by Donald Gatzke, the current Dean of Architecture at UT Arlington.

“Richard Dodge took over the helm of the School at a turbulent time and did an exceptional job of steadying the course of the School in the brief time he was acting dean—and certainly made my job easier when I arrived in 2004 to succeed him as dean,” said Dean Gatzke. ”He should be remembered for his success as an educator through his long time membership on the architecture faculty at UT Austin and then his influential role here at UTA. He was a lively character but an extremely kind and generous human being. ”

Richard Dodge is survived by his wife, Kirsten; a daughter, Aina Dodge and her husband Steve Chapman; a son, Michael; and a grandson, Alex. A memorial service has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Texas Exes Alumni Center at UT Austin.

Richard Dodge