On the night of August 6, 1952, in a Long Beach, California hospital, Dr. M. E. Dodd, 73, fell on sleep.
A native of Tennessee, he was graduated from Union University of that state. His early ministry was in Tennessee and Kentucky. In Kentucky he was for a while pastor of the old Twenty-second and Walnut Baptist Church, Louisville, the First Baptist Church of Fulton, and the First Baptist Church of Paducah.
In 1912 he became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, and except for the few months with the White Temple Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California, remained there thirty-eight years. He retired in 1950, following a severe heart attack, and became pastor emeritus. He was serving as supply pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glendale, California at the time of his death.
Doctor Dodd, was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I.
In 1927, he founded Dodd College at Shreveport, which in 1941 merged with the Centenary College of that state. He had served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.
His influence as a pastor. author, and denominational leader was wide. He was a pulpiteer of first rank and a leader in advancing the Baptist program and faith. He will be missed greatly among Southern Baptists. The Western Recorder extends sympathy to his wife, son and two daughters who survive him.
[From The Western Recorder, August 21, 1952, p. 4. Document supplied by Ben Stratton. Transcribed and formatted by Jim Duvall.]