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Remembering Dodger

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Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation
Kathy "Dodger" Dodge

Kathy Dodge passed away surrounded by friends and family on March 19th, 2022 from ALS

It was with heavy hearts during our Friday Morning Show broadcast today that we remembered Kathy Dodge - longtime member, volunteer and host of the Morning Show. She was a force to be reckoned with. Beloved by her husband, family and legions of friends. From an email chain from her women's group:

Her influence is everywhere – in her former students, 1st Fridays and arts in Grand Rapids, the orchestra, KAXE, the Dodge/Downing family, everything arts related, and of course, with our group.

I loved Dodger’s enthusiasm and candor. She wasn’t afraid to ask difficult questions or to push you in the right direction, even if it rocked the boat. She saw how hard people worked and she called attention to our efforts. She loved to read, talk and talk and talk, listen to stories, drink cocktails and eat good food and just be experiencing everything with the love of her life: Steve.

Northland Foundation
John Bauer
Kathy Dodge and Steve Downing stand together in their love of the arts.

We hope to celebrate her through continued appreciation of the arts and a gathering in early summer.

From the Grand Rapids Herald Review:
Katherine Taylor Dodge, “Dodger” passed away March 19, 2022, surrounded by family and friends
following a struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Born in Syracuse, New York in 1945, Dodge spent most of her life in Minnesota. She’d lived in Grand Rapids since 1974.

There will be no service. Gifts should be sent directly to the ALS Association. A community gathering later this year will celebrate Dodger’s life in the arts.

Arrangements are with the Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director from 1995-2022. Now semi-retired and writing, sculpting and enjoying the good life, you can hear him on the Morning Show Fridays.