Bertha Sanford Dodge

Class of 1922 members Martha Munzer (left), Bertha Dodge (center) and Marjorie Pierce at their 50th reunion at MIT
Class of 1922 members Martha Munzer (left), Bertha Dodge (center) and Marjorie Pierce at their 50th reunion at MIT

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Well-known for her accomplishments as a writer and teacher of science. Was an International Institute Board Member. Member of the National Writers' Club and the Society of Technical Writers. Some of her most famous works are "Plants that Changed the World" and "Hands that Help."

Personal Information

Date of Birth

03/23/1902

Date of Death

1995

Primary Residence

Burlington

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Bertha Sanford (Wiener) Dodge is well-known for her accomplishments as a writer and a teacher of science.

The daughter of a professor of Russian at Harvard University, she was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 23, 1902. She received her B.A. from Radcliffe in 1920 and her M.S. from MIT in 1922. She married Carroll W. Dodge, who was a Botanist and Emeritus Professor at UVM, in 1925. They had two daughters, Anne and Mary. For the majority of her life, Dodge taught high school and college science courses. She also ran a radio program for a year in the St. Louis City Hospital. Other accomplishments include her work as an International Institute Board Member from 1956 to 1959, along with her membership in the National Writers' Club and the Society of Technical Writers. Some of her works include: "Plants that Changed the World", "Hands that Help", "Potatoes and People", "Tales of Vermont Ways and People", "Story of Inscription Rock", and "Road West: Saga of the 35th Parallel", among other short stories. Dodge spoke Spanish and German and read Portuguese and French. She traveled a great deal around Latin America and her collection of Guatemalan Indian weaving has been the subject of exhibits in several museums.

Organizations or Movements

  • International Institute Board Member
  • National Writers' Club
  • and the Society of Technical Writers

Occupations

  • High School science teacher
  • College Professor of Science
  • Writer

Education

  • B.A., Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1920)
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1922).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • UVM Special Collections Finding Aids: Inventory of the Bertha Sanford Dodge Papers, 1963-1970 Link

  • Carroll William Dodge (1895-1988) Papers Link