Charles Felix Dodson

Charles Felix Dodson

November 22, 1923 - August 11, 2010

Charles Felix Dodson

November 22, 1923 - August 11, 2010


Charles F. Dodson, a resident of Falmouth, Massachusetts, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed peacefully with his family by his side in Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, California on August 11th.

Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, son of Venus and Mariah Dodson he was raised in Tennessee. He attended Cumberland University and the University of North Carolina. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941. While serving in the North Atlantic in 1942, he survived the sinking of the USS Pollux off the coast of Newfoundland. Thereafter, he was accepted into the Naval Aviation Cadet program, received his wings and commission in November 1943, and served in the South Pacific area. After his discharge in the Naval Air Corp in 1945, Mr. Dodson remained in the active Naval Reserve until 1964.

Following his Active Military service, he earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Northeastern University and helped establish the law firm of Wolfson, Dodson, Keenen and Cotton. He actively practiced Law with this firm in Worcester, MA until 1998.

Since 2003, after forming the Hermann Foundation, a well-known charitable group that has provided significant contributions to public charities, Attorney Dodson served as president and also on the board of directors.

An avid golfer and traveler, he was a member of the Woods Hole, MA Golf Club and the Bella Colina Golf Club in San Clemente, California. He vacationed in California and Spain.

Charles is survived by his wife of 67 years Phyllis Argento Dodson; daughters, Maria Dodson Starzyk and Melissa Dodson; granddaughters Kerry E. Starzyk and Jennifer L. Starzyk and son-in-law Edward S.Starzyk and many nieces and nephews.

Private services were held in California and a celebration of Charles’ life will be held at a later date.

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28 responses to Charles Felix Dodson

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  1. Phyllis and Family: My deepest condolences to you all. Charlie was a dear friend whose humor and camaraderie will always be prized. I know how much he loved you all and I hope he knew how much I and many others loved him. I am honored to have been a friend of Charles F. Dodson.

  2. Dave Harrah says:

    Many rounds of golf with Charlie the counselor over the past many years provided me, and the others who had the privilege to share time with him, much joy. His wry New England humor along with a fine game of golf, gave those he “victimized”including meat Camp Pendleton Golf Course during and after a round, as much pleasure as one could ask during the highest quality time one could spend with friends. Charlie will be missed by all of us who were privileged to know and enjoy his company. Please convey my deepest condolences to his family. He will be remembered fondly for every putt he “drained” while bringing both joy and despair to his partners and opponents…. He was the real McCoy, a gentleman – without an ounce of “quit” in him. It was my privilege to know him and share good times with him.

  3. bill locke says:

    WHGC Friend will be missed

  4. Donn Winner says:

    We’ll miss Charlie forever at the Woods Hole Golf Club. He was a brilliant man with a wonderful sense of humor.

  5. Gayle Perry says:

    Words are elusive in describing the sorrow felt for the Dodson family at this time. Charlie was one of those few people who brightened the room simply by entering it with his warm smile. His gentleness, intelligence and wit set him apart. From coast to coast, he will be missed. It was an honor to be among his many friends. My heartfelt sympathy to Phyllis, Maria, Melissa, Kerry, Jen and Ed. Love, Gayle

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