Richard Dodge died August 10, 2007, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Kirsten; daughter, Aina Dodge and her husband Steve Chapman; son, Michael Dodge and grandson, Alex; and sister, Paulette Claver and her family.
Richard was born in Oakland California, on April 13 1936, the son of Richard Leonard Dodge and Pauline Koch. He attended Oakland schools, was an active memeber of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and a high school yell leader. In 1956 he entered the University of California Berkeley, School of Architecture, where he studied under architect Charles Moore, who remained an influence througout his career. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Berkeley in 1961.
Richard married Kirsten Atkinson in summer of 1961. Called up to active duty after seven years and eleven months in the Naval Reserves, he served in Vietnam in 1962, the same year his duaghter Aina was born. Returning from military service, he continued working at the architecture firm of Stone, Marraccini and Patterson before beginning graduate studies at Yale University, where his son Michael was born in 1966.
After receiving his Masters of Architecture degree from Yale, Richard began teaching at the UT Austin School of Architecture in 1967. During his distinguished 35-year career at UT he also served as Associate Dean and was appointed Bartlett Cocke Regents Centennial Professor. He is widely remembered for his conmmittement to students and his unselfish devotion to the School of Architecture. Among many projects receiving praise is his work in conjunction with Charles Moore on the expansion of the UT Alumni Center.
Richard Didge was a man who did things, finding great joy in his work and in his life with his family and friends. Richard and Kirsten moved to Utley, Bastrop County in 1990, where they formed bonds with new friends and collegues. Grandson Alex was born in Sweden in 1994, and all the Dodges eventually moved to Utley.
In 2001, Richard left UT Austin and served as Interim Dean of UT Arlington School of Architecture until he retired at the end of 2002. He continued working as an architect, designing both public and private spaces. When he drew lines on paper, Richard was walking through a finished building in his head, one meant to fulfill its purpose and delight its users.
All are wencome to join the family at the Memorial Celebration to be held at the UT Alumni Center on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.