Brian H. Dodge, 58

FULTON, NY – Brian H. Dodge, 58, of Fulton passed away unexpectedly Sunday Jan. 29, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Utica, he was a 32-year resident of Fulton.

Brian H. Dodge
Brian H. Dodge

After 32 years of teaching Health Education at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, Brian retired in 2010.

He also taught driver’s education and coached boys’ cross-country.

An accomplished runner, Brian was a four-time cross-country and track and field All-American while attending Alleghany Community College and Plattsburg State University.

He also placed in the top 100 at the Utica Boilermaker Road Race.

Brian most recently ran with The Genesee Valley Harriers Premier Running Club and was a member of several USA Track and Field Veteran National Championship teams.

Brian was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, and son.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol A. Dodge; daughter, Breann Dodge; faithful companion, Sammy.

He was predeceased by his father, Howard Dodge.

He is also survived by his mother, Stella Dodge of Utica; two sisters, Marcia (Dr. George) Schilling of New Hartford and Lisa Dodge of Utica; sisters-in-law, Sandra (Pete) Cataldo of Rome, Bernice Mrzlikar of Utica and Kathryn (Glenn) Palmer of Georgia; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fulton Athletic Boosters Club, C/O Dan Shue, 31 Aspen Cove LN, Fulton, NY 13069, the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, Mass. 02241-7005 or Oswego County SPCA, PO Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Mr. Dodge was the coolest guy a person could meet. Never passed without saying hello. Brian had a huge impact on the community and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. You will be truely and deeply missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

  2. I first met Brian on a cinder track in the spring of 1979 behind Fairgrieve Elementary School. From that day forward, I benefitted immensely from his leadership and friendship as a student, an athlete, and as a person. Thank you, Brian, for all that you have done for me and for the community. You will be missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to family and friends.

  3. Brian Dodge was a terrific teacher and athelete. He was not only my health teacher in high school but a great atheletic mentor to my daughter. He suggested she not continue running “because she had to and others wanted her to but becasue she wanted to and loved it. Do it for fun.”
    Since then Madeline runs for her own pleasure and is hoping to complete a marathon in the next year or so. I also need to add that Carol and Breann have been just as inspriational as they have modeled female atheleticism at its best in the community.

  4. There is no profession more honorable than being a teacher, and Brian represented the true spirit of education the from the first moment he came to our city. You felt something wonderful the first time you shook his hand, or heard him speak.
    A good teacher never leaves your heart or mind empty….they fill it with their spirit…a lifelong gift.
    Brian was one of those….a teacher…always………

  5. My condolences to Carol and Breann… sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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