Charles Kilham Dodge Jr., 82, of Sherman, died Sept. 14, 2008, at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 7,1926, in Manhattan, to Charles K. and Anna C. Dodge.

They had acquired a Sherman summer home the previous year and their newborn immediately assumed his life-long ties to the town.

His formal education commenced at the Gaylordsville one-room school house when it was heated by a pot-belly stove, before plumbing, electricity, and school buses.

In later years he attended Holderness School , Plymouth, N.H., graduating in 1944.

In World War II he served first in the
U.S. Maritime Service and then the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He graduated from Dartmouth College , where majored in musical theory and composition and was appointed undergraduate college organist.


Later, in business he established a series of showrooms with staff for the sale, installation, and maintenance of Allen Organs in the Northeast.

In retirement Mr. Dodge embraced jazz improvisation, but never forsook his deep love for the works of J. S. Bach.

Mr. Dodge leaves no immediate family, but is survived by his business associate, Richard Grant , of Shapleigh, Maine.

He was a committed environmentalist and directly and indirectly preserved 80 acres in the valley of the Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk Brook.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial may be made to the Sherman Land Acquisition Fund , c/o Sherman Town Hall, P.O. Box 39, Sherman, CT 06784 or to the
Naromi Land Trust , 3 Route 37 Center, Sherman, CT 06784.