Former Disciples missionary James Richard "Dick" Dodson, 85, has died. Dodson, who served as a missionary in Africa, died Sept. 21 in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife, Joy, served in the Congo for 11 years. Richard Dodson was the founding dean of the Congo Protestant University’s theological seminary in Lubumbashi. He also was director for the African-American Institute in New York City, then in Tanzania and in the Ivory Coast. In addition, he was director of the Overseas Liaison Committee to the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., and worked as a human resources and education consultant for USAID in Washington and then in Congo (Zaire).
Dodson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University, and earned a master of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. He received a joint educational doctorate from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. For more, see: www.disciples.org/Portals/0/PDF/DNS/2010/20101013-RichardDodsonObit.pdf