Ann Stoddard

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In 1872, my great-grandfather, age 18, immigrated- alone-to the U.S. Abraham Wilson Dods sailed from Scotland to New York, then made his way upstate to Fredonia, NY, where he boarded with a farm family. His photo was taken in 1875 on his graduation from undergraduate studies at Fredonia. He pursued advanced studies in medicine at Edinburgh U., Syracuse U., Hahneman Hospital Philadelphia, earning an MD in Surgery and a degree in Homeopathic Medicine. Dr. Dods practiced medicine, coached team sports at Fredonia, and developed the first athletics program at SUNY-Fredonia, where a building is named after him. Twice married and the father of a son -my grandfather- and a daughter, A Wilson’s interests were numerous: he took apart and redesigned a Winton automobile, and then published his work; in Algonquin Park Ontario, CA, Dr. Dods leased land on a remote lake, constructed cabins, made canoes, paddles, and furniture and served as the doctor for a girls camp. His great- grandchildren and offspring enjoy his legacy, going primitive every summer at the ‘camp’ he called ‘Loon Ledge’: to the tune of the loons, we cook on wood stoves or with propane (no electric, no running water), swim, canoe, read, make art, harvest blueberries, and hang out with friends.