Richard W. Dodd
Published 9:38 pm Friday, January 10, 2020
Richard W. Dodd died on Dec. 12 at age 76, following a short illness. He was the son of Robert S. Dodd and Emma Louise Parker Dodd, of Suffolk. Richard is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. Grandfield; sisters, Florence Channey and Susan Smitherman; and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Cleveland, Richard moved with his family to Suffolk at the age of 7. He had a lifelong love of ocean beaches and the North Carolina Outer Banks in particular. Richard graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy and attended the University of Virginia before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of sergeant. His military service included a tour in Vietnam. After relocating to New York City, Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in banking and finance from New York University. He began as an investment officer. He became a municipal credit analyst, ultimately becoming vice president and senior portfolio manager of tax-exempt bond portfolios. In 2001, Richard co-founded the investment counsel firm Grandfield & Dodd LLC. He remained a principal of Grandfield & Dodd LLC until his death.
Richard was a scuba diver, an enthusiast of Italy and Italian wines and a regular traveler with Cheryl to Italy. He was an invaluable source of wine and restaurant recommendations to friends, a lifelong fan of rock and roll music, and a crack shot, thanks to being a member of the Rifle Team in military school and yearly visits to Little Simon Pond in the Adirondacks for bottle shooting practice. Architecture and well-crafted design captivated him. He was a longtime member and supporter for the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the New York Silver Society. He was a contributor to the SMP Silver Salon Forums website, sharing his deep interest in antique silver design. Richard was also a member and supporter of organizations in his New York City neighborhood and at the time of his death was the treasurer of the East 11th Street Block Association and president of the 16 East 11th Street Co-op.
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A remembrance event will be held at a future date. Contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.