Rev Donald Dungan Dod

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Rev Donald Dungan Dod

  • Birth 10 Oct 1912 Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 1 Apr 2008 Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 116711210

The Reverend Donald D. Dod-He was an American missionary and orchidologist. He went to Long Beach Junior College and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Chemistry. After a stint in the oil industry he entered San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA, where he met his future wife, Annabelle Jean Stockton (aka Tudy). They graduated with a Master's degree in Divinity and a Master in Christian Education respectively. In 1946 the Dods established a Presbyterian ministry in El Guacio in western Puerto Rico, which included among many other activities a health clinic, a social work program and public health efforts. During their 17-year stay in Puerto Rico, they "became enamored of the flora and fauna of Puerto Rico". While Tudy became interested in birds, Donald became an extremely well versed amateur orchidologist, having discovered well over fifty new orchid species and (having taught himself the rudiments of botanical Latin) described many of them himself. They moved to the Dominican Republic in 1964 and remained there until his retirement in 1988. Continuing his varied activities as minister and social worker, Donald Dod became instrumental, among other causes, in the establishment of the Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Natural History there, and in the creation of natural reserves on the island. Donald Dod was a research associate at the Department of Botany, of the University of California, Berkeley. The standard author abbreviation Dod is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name. The Dods were made Caballeros de Colón, the highest civilian award of the Dominican Republic. Named after him is the Parque Nacional Donald Dod, as well as the orchids
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Epidendrum dodii L.Sánchez & Hágsater
Lepanthopsis dodii Garay
Psychilis dodii Sauleda
Schiedeella dodii Burns-Bal.
Specklinia dodii (Garay) Luer
Lepanthes dodiana W.R.Stimson
Trigonochilum dodianum (Ackerman & Chiron) Königer

and named after Annabelle Dod
Epidendrum annabellae Nir
Lepanthes tudiana Dod
Psychilis × tudiana Dod

His obituary-
Donald D. Dod
The Rev. Donald D. Dod, 95, a resident of Elkins, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 1, 2008, at his home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1912, at Kansas City, Mo., a son of the late William Dod and the late Amy Stone Dod.

He was married to Annabelle Stockton Dod, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, David Dod of Atascadero, Calif.; three daughters, Judith Seaman of Elkins, Laurie Speer of New York, and Suzanne Thomas of El Cerrito, Calif of One brother, Russell Dod, Washington; seven grandchildren, Amanda and Natasha Seaman of Massachusetts, Timothy Speer of Boston, and Jessica Speer of New York, Karma Humbold and Daniel Dod of Los Angeles, Calif., and Renee Shank of Berkley, Calif.; as well as four great-grandchildren also survive.

The Rev. Dod received his masters in divinity and worked as a Fraternal Worker for the United Presbyterian Church, USA, serving 18 years in Puerto Rico, and 22 years in the Dominican Republic prior to his retirement. He currently attended Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was an accomplished amateur botanist and while residing in the Dominican Republic, discovered more than 20 orchids new to science. The Rev. Dod touched many lives.

Rev. Dod's remains will be cremated. Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia Highlands Conversancy, in care of Bob Marshall, Treasurer, 886-Z, Divide Road, Kenna, W.Va. 25248 in memory of the Rev. Dod. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Donald D. Dod. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.




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  • Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 7 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 116711210
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Donald Dungan Dod (10 Oct 1912–1 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116711210, ; Maintained by Peterborough "K" (contributor 46537737) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.