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Judith Ware Dodson ’42

Judith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Harold Ware and Clarissa Smith. At Reed, she wrote her thesis, “William Carlos Williams—An American Prose Writer” with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69] advising. Judith often said that her Reed years were among the happiest of her life. She made three trips to the Galapagos Islands in the 1970s, and in 2000 her novel, The Exotics: Galapagos Revisited, was published. On the back cover she had written, “This is a story about grown men and women, how they deal with their humanity—or cannot deal with it. The setting is the Galapagos Islands, six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador. You may have been there.” She later commented, “I regret that Professors Barry Cerf [English 1921–48] and Lloyd Reynolds will not read my book.”

She was married to Daniel Dodson ’41. Florence Lehman ’41, whose long service to Reed included 23 years as director of alumni relations, once said, “I still remember Judy and Daniel at Reed . . . he with a green book bag over his shoulder and with curly brown hair . . . and Judy with a single long brown braid down her back.” The couple, who later divorced, had two daughters, Dorian and Elizabeth.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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