- 61 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 31, 1955
- Place of birth:
Eugene, Oregon, United States
- Date of passing: Sep 1, 2016
- Place of passing:
Liverpool, New York, United States
Kit Stanley Dodd
7/31/1955 ~ 9/1/2016
Kit S. Dodd, 61, passed away at home surrounded by his family on September 1, 2016.
Kit was born to Ann P. Dodd and Stanley J Dodd Jr. in 1955 in Eugene, Oregon. He was raised in Eugene with his two brothers John and Pete and was close to his Gramps (Nicholas Schnell,) Granny (Regina Masterson,) Pa (Stanley J Dodd) and Grandma (Opal Brooks.)
Kit started the viola in fourth grade and with that found the music that would allow him to live, love and thrive in this life. In the fifth grade Kit played his first viola solo, Dancing Sunbeams, at fourth grade Becky's first concert. "The rest is history!" The high school sweethearts got married and were DUCK music majors together at the University of Oregon. Kit received his Bachelor of Music degree from the U of O and attended Wichita State University where he received a Master of Music degree. His principal teachers were G. Roy Mann (University of Oregon) and Jeffrey K. Irvine (Wichita State University). When Kit won the audition for the Syracuse Symphony, the West Coast Oregon Ducks moved to "the big city" of Syracuse, New York (Liverpool). Before moving to Syracuse, Kit performed as assistant principal violist with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. During his 35 years as a musician in Syracuse he was featured as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony and as chamber soloist with the Skaneateles Festival, the Syracuse Camerata, Civic Morning Musicals and many other venues all over the East Coast. He was a member of the Clinton String Quartet for 33 years.
Soon after starting his professional violist career in Syracuse he began the craft of being a music librarian. He served as music librarian and violist for the Syracuse Symphony, Symphony Syracuse, and was a passionate founding member of Symphoria where he played the viola and served as their music librarian. One of his goals for Symphoria was to bring back the July 4th classical music concert for our community. That dream was met when Kit performed at the Lakeview Amphitheater on July 4, 2016. That performance was Kit's last.
Kit received numerous scholarships and awards in high school, college, and as a professional. A member of Symphoria's Education Committee, he was always a supporter of music education and passing the art of music and culture to the next generation. He and Becky were recently awarded the Tiffany Award for family contribution to the community from the Civic Morning Musicals.
His other passion was his family. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Rebecca S. Dodd, and sons Nicholas and Aaron. Kit loved his sons with all of his heart and he was a a loving encouraging role model that taught them to always do what was right. He is also survived by his loving mother Ann P. Dodd, his dad Stanley J Dodd Jr., his brothers John and Peter Dodd and extended family in Oregon, Arizona and Japan. Kit's famly and his many friends had the rare opportunity to have time to come to his home to visit and say their good-byes in person this summer. We will all cherish that forever in our hearts.
Kit's favorite things besides music and his family were, his friends from the East Coast to the West Coast, keeping classical music alive, marking bowings (NOT,) camping, salmon on the grill, IPA Craft Beer, loons, traveling, the History Channel, NCIS, anything Oregon-especially Oregon Football, being a DUCK, attending Nicholas & Aaron's concerts, sporting events, & work places and being proud of all their accomplishments in this life, Cherry Twizzlers, chocolate, peanut M&M's, laughing, and finding the humor in everything.
Calling hours are Friday, September 16th at United Church of Christ in Bayberry 215 Blackberry Rd, Liverpool, NY 13090 from 4-7pm followed by a “Celebration of Life” service at 7pm.
En lieu of flowers, please make a donation, or buy season tickets to Symphoria: experiencesymphoria.org/
"Kit was always a light, a sweet soul. He is missed."
"A mensch to the extreme, he put color in the gray areas, I never left a conversation without a laugh and sometimes many! I can't believe he is gone, he was beloved by so many, the orchestra was a cause for him not a job, we used to have chats in the library and he always had something he was really excited about to show me and when he handed me music I knew he prepared it to a fault. He was rare bird (Duck), I am so sad, but so grateful to have known him."
"I have no memory of when I met Kit and Becky. It felt like I always knew them and I remember they were always together.
What a terrific guy! So accomplished, good friend, father, husband. Becky you are so lucky to have had 40 whole years with Kit - that is something most of us have never had.
I wonder if Kit and Lorrie Green will be hanging out?"
"It's hard to face the reality that Kit is gone. He was the best college stand partner ever! But Becky and Kit meant more than that to me and Bruce. We wouldn't have found each other without the two of you. Thank you for that. I feel so grateful to have known him. Love you two forever."
"I send my love to the family. Wishing each of you peace, love and loving thoughts of a husband, father and fellow camper, beer drinker and super fun guy. His cheer in life is felt from east to west.
His cheer shall now be all of ours. Here here!! To all he gave and to us that received it! May his sweet music play on..."
"Kit, we had to have met in the opening days of September, 1961 when Silver Lea Elementary opened its doors. I thought we had several years in the same class, but a review of grade school photos only showed us in the same class in 3rd grade. That was before you took up the viola and went a little weird on us. And then through Colin P Kelly JHS and North Eugene, where you won the "Beethoven "Not So Hot" Award" at the Senior Breakfast. How little we knew. Your greatness, Kit, will be measured and treasured in memories held by your family and friends. For me, it culminated seeing you last year at Red Diamond campground. I am so glad I made that small trip to see a friend that crossed a continent to spend time with friends. Thank you, and via con dios, amigo."
"Becky, Nick and Aaron, we have been heartbroken over your loss of Kitt. Our boys have grown up together and you and Steve have had many years teaching together. We have also enjoyed so many concerts by the Symphony. As a piano and clarinet player music has always been in my heart. I am sure as you listen and play any music his memory will always be in you hears too. All our love and prayers. Stephen, Lorraine Geoffrey and Daniel Szilagyi"
"Kit it was an honor to know you and call you my friend. Your passing has affected many people all over the country and you will he missed, but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, my friend."
"Becky, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Love, Christine"
"Kit was a beautiful note in the sheet music of this life... His musical talent and humor will be missed! I remember him from organizing my quartet at my wedding with the Clinton String Quartet and the beautiful music they played at my reception. Becky, my heart aches for your loss and know that I am here for you always! I had the pleasure of teaching your boys art and working with you and consider you a friend. Hugs to you all!"
"Kit was my viola teacher for many years. He always believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. I can now do the same thing for all of my students and that part of Kit can be passed down through many generations of violists"
"Becky when we heard about your husband illness it's hurt .We didn't know him but knowing you over the years it's just saddened us all to know you all were going through a tough time in your lives.Please you get peace in knowing that's he only gone in body and will always be with you in spirit..May Kit RIP ."
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