April 20, 1924 – Dec. 21, 2013
TOPEKA—Lee Dodson, 89, Topeka, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 21st, with his family by his side.
Lee was born on April 20, 1924, to Stokes and Beulah Emerson Dodson on a farm north of Carbondale. He grew up until age 7 in Carbondale, Richland and Scranton before moving to Topeka where he graduated from Topeka High School in 1942. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a major in History. He later earned both a Masters and Doctorate Degree from the University of Kansas.
From 1951 to 1966, he taught, coached and served as an administrator at Tecumseh schools. From 1966 to 1989, Dr. Dodson was Dean of Students at Washburn University. From 1995 to 2009, he taught part-time at Allen Community College at Burlingame.
Lee had also enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1942, serving as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Combat Engineers. He served in both the European and Pacific Theatres of Operation during World War II.
After his discharge from the Army in 1946, he signed a professional contract as a right-handed pitcher with the Chanute Owls of the Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri League. He was later sold to the Topeka Owls in 1947, and to the New York Yankees in 1948, where he played in the Yankees’ Organization from 1948 to 1951. After his playing career, Lee created and managed several baseball leagues throughout Topeka.
Lee was married to Kathleen O’Brien Dodson (deceased in 1993) for 46 years, and together they had five children: Mary Lee (deceased), retired Major General Kathleen Dodson Fick, (USAF), Bowie, Md., James (Mary), Carbondale, Richard (Alyssa), Murray, KY, and Steve (Dianne), Burlingame, and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lee was buried near his wife and other family members at the Carbondale City Cemetery Dec. 27.