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  • ID: I0002
  • Name: Alvin Earl DODD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 Mar 1883 in Grand Detour, IL
  • Death: 2 Jun 1951
  • Note:
    (from Who's Who in America, 1946-47)

    Long active in the field of education as aplied to industry and industrial management and an expert on questions of marketing and distribution. Alvin E. Dodd in 1934 was named to the vice-presidence, in 1936 to the presidency, of the American Management Association, a private group specializing in information about the guidance for all comcerned with management problems. Before 1936 he had served in executive capacities in a number of other commercial organizations.

    Alvin Earl Dodd, the son of Alvin Harvey Dodd and Edith (Merrill) Dodd, was born in Hudson, New York, on March 11, 1883. He is a descendant of Daniel Dodd, who imigrated from England to setle in Branford, Connecticut, in 1640. Educated at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, (Alvin) Dodd majored in engineering and was graduated in 1905 with a B.S. degree. He began his career as a teacher of manual training in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and in 1906 became head of the manual arts department of the Massachusette Normal School in North Adams, Massachusetts. The following year he was appointed president of the Eastern Arts Association. From 1908 to 1912, Dodd was proncipal of the North Bennett Industrial School in Boston, Massichusetts, one of the first institutions to use progressive methods in industrial education. In the course of his tenure as princippal, he was named director of the National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education. During this association he came to know Woodrow Wilson, then head of Princeton University, and afterward visited Wilson at the White House.

    Woth President Wilson and Samuel Gompers, Dodd worked for the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act (1917), which signalized the beginning of federal support of vocational education in agriculture, home economics, industry, and trade. According to Dodd, writing in 1915 before the measure was passed, the bill "exrends to the States the help of the government in establishing vocational education and in training persons to teach it. This is to be done by grants of money, and dy establishment of a Federal board of vocational education to work with and through the States in starting this form of education. The purpose of the proposed law is not to enable the Federal Government to enter the educational field and establishschools but rather to extend such aid as will stimulate the various states to develope the work themselves." In 1917 with United States entrance into World War I, Dodd became a member of the Committee on Classification of Personell of the general Staff of the Army. In association with James Rowland AngellBeardsley Ruml, Walter Dill Scott, and others, he helped to establish the Army's first program of personell management, testing of applicants, classification, and placement. He also served as head of the war service commission of the Retail Dry Goods Industry.

    As director of the Retail Research Association, a post in which he served from 1917 to 1921, Dodd set up the first retail cooperative market research organization. From this group grew the Associated Merchandising Corporation, the first cooperative-buying organization for the retail field. As its lead (Dodd served concurrently with the two organizations), Dodd established and coordinated buying offices in the United States and in many European countries. For the following six years (1921-27), he was the manager of the distribution department of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, with its office in Washington. Concidering the authority in the fields of marketing and distribution, he lectured on trade and industrial problems at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Washington, and before numerous trade and professional groups both in America and abroad. In 1927 he became director-general of the Wholesale Dry Goods Institute. Two years later Dodd was chosen assistant to the president od Sears Roebuck and Company to develope their retail stores. In 1930 the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company elected Dodd vice-president in charge of merchandising and sales. In this position, he established a personel program, modernized the merchandising and distribution procedures. He also organized the Kroger Food Foundation, food testing laboratories conducted by retail merchants.

    Dodd became executive vice president of the American Management Association in New York City, in 1934; two years later he was elected prosident. A non profit organization, founded in 1923 for those interested on or concerned with management problems, the American Management Association was eleven thousand members....

    Dodd was a member of the American Economic Association, National Institute of Social Sciences, Americsn Acadamy of Political and Social Science, the Foreign Policy Association, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the American trade Association, and the New York Trade Association of Exectuives. He belonged to the Cosmos Clubin Washington, DC, the Lake Shore Athletic Club in Chicago, and the Sales Executive Club of New York City. Dodd was married to Catherine Filene on December 10, 1921; they have a daughter, Joan. Eleven years after his first marriage was terminated by divorce, he was married on August 30, 1941, to Henrietta F. Coster; herdaughter is Aileen (Mrs. Douglas Dodds-Parker). Although the Dodds lived in New York City, they maintained a permanent home at Grand Detour, Dixon, Illinois. The management expert was one inch over six feet in height and weighed 189 pounds. His hair was grey, and his eyes light brown. Traveling much of the time, Dodd made a hobby of sampling the food and hospitality of hotels and inns, and was an authority of the new York English restaurants.

    (from Management News, June 30, 1951, AMA, New York)

    ...In 1947, Alvin Dodd was the recipient of the Henry Gantt Memorial Medal awarded anually for"distinguished acheivement in industrial management as a service to the community" by a Board representing The American Society of mechanical Engineers and the AMA. He received an honary LL.D. from Temple University in 1948.

    Mr Dodd made his home in new York with his wife Henrietta, who survives him. He is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. David Robertson of Washington, DC, and a brother Carl Dodd of San Francisco.

    (from The Golden Book of Management, L. Urick, London)

    Curriculum Vitae

    1883 Born on 11th March at Hudson, New York.

    1905 Graduated from Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology) with a BS degree in engineering.

    1905-6 Assistant Principal, Fifth Ward Manual Training School, Allagheny, Pennsylvania.

    1906-7 Head, Manual Arts Department, Massachusetts Normal School, North Adams, Massachusetts.

    1907-8 President, Eastern Arts Association.

    1908-12 Proncipal, North Bennett Undustrial School, Boston, Massachusetts

    1912-16 Director, National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education. Largely through his efforts in this position, the Act was passed which began the federally sponsored and financed public vocational education in the United States.

    1917 Member, Committee of Cl;assification of Personel, General Staff, US Army. Here he helped to establish the Army's first programme of personel management, testing, classification and placement.

    1917-21 Director, Retail Research Association and Assiciated Merchandising Corporation.

    1921-27 Manager of Distribution Department, US Chamber of Commerce.

    1927-29 Lecturer on trade and industrial problems, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Washington, and Stanford University. Director General, Wholesale Dry Goods Institute.

    1929-30 Assistant-to-President, Sears Roebuck and Company.

    1930-33 Vice-President in charge od merchandizing and sales, kroger Grocery and Baking Company.

    1933-48 With the American Management Association as Executive Vice President (till 1936) then president (till 1948).

    1949-51 Managing Director, US International Chamber of Commerce.

    He was made an Honorary President of the American Management Association in 1948. In that year he was also made an honorary Doctor od Laws by Temple University.

    Alvin Dodd had a special talent for knowing and liking people, and his sensitive and intuitive nature caused people to like him in return. To a marked degree the success of his many undertakings was due to his ability to put himself in the place of others.

    His friend Harry Arthur Hopf called him a catalyst. John M. Hancock spoke of him as 'a man gifted in the ability to integrate onto the meaningful pattern the random concepts and accomplishments of many specialists in diverse tasks and industries...' He was always interested in the human side of business, and he did a great deal to make management more aware of its social responsibilities.

    Marriage 1 Catherine FILENE b: 9 Jun 1896 in Boston, MA
    • Married: 2 Dec 1921 in Boston, MA
    • Marriage fact: 1930
    • Marriage Ending Status: Divorce
    1. Has Children Joan DODD b: 26 Feb 1923 in Boston, MA

    Marriage 2 HENRIETTA
    • Married: 1941
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