Educator, Pro Baseball Player, WWII Veteran, Topekan Passes Away

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) A life long Topekan known for his deep love for education and the game of baseball has passed away.

Lloyd "Lee" Dodson died at his home on Saturday, he was 89.

Dodson served as dean of students at Washburn University and retired in 1989 as the school's vice president of student affairs.

Lee fought in the Battle of the Bulge and spent several months in Okinawa during World War II.

Dodson played professional baseball for many teams, including the Topeka Owls, and was later traded to the New York Yankees.

He even struck out the legendary Joe DiMaggio in 1948 while pitching at an exhibition game in Kansas City.

Family will greet friends Thursday from five to seven at Penwell Gabel's midtown chapel. A funeral mass will be held the next day at Most Pure Heart of Mary at 10am.


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