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In Memoriam: Lloyd Dodd

June 29, 2021

In Memoriam: Lloyd Dodd

AsMA HQ Staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Lloyd Dodd, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), M.D., M.P.H., MMM, and Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

He had been an AsMA member for over 40 years. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1969 and his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, in 1973. From 1973-1974, he served a rotating internship at Kern General Hospital, Beaversfield, CA.
   Dr. Dodd began his military career in 1976, serving in the U.S. Air Force as a general medical officer at Hickam AFB, HI. He then became Officer-in-Charge at the Wheeler Clinic, Wheeler AFB, HI; during this time he also served at the Lojwa Clinic, Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands. He attended Squadron Officers School in 1977 and took the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Medicine Primary Course in 1978 at Brooks AFB, TX. In 1979 he was promoted to Chief of Aerospace Medicine and later Officer in Charge of the Emergency Room at Vandenberg AFB, CA. He earned an M.P.H. at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982. He then served a residency from 1982 to 1983 at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB. In 1983, he took the position of Chief of Aeromedical Services, then Deputy Chief, Hospital Services, and later Officer in Charge of the Emergency Room at Dyess AFB, TX.
   From 1985-1987, Dr. Dodd served as Commander, 93rd Strategic Hospital, Castle AFB, CA, during which time he became a medical member for the EC-135 aircraft accident investigation at Eielson AFB, AK. He became Commander of the 857th Strategic Regional Hospital, Minot AFB, ND, in 1988 and then Director of Professional Services and later Deputy Command Surgeon, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI, in 1989. After that, he served as Commander, 3rdMedical Center, Elmendorf AFB, AK, from 1991-1993. In 1993, he transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, to become Commander, 645th Medical Group, U.S. Air Force Medical Center. He was promoted to Air Surgeon, National Guard Bureau, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC, in 1995. In 1997 he took the position of Command Surgeon, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO. In 1999 he transferred to Brooks City-Base, TX, and served as Commander, 311th Human Systems Wing. He became Command Surgeon, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, CO, in 2003 and retired from the Air Force in
July 2005.
   Dr. Dodd was Board-certified in Aerospace Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Management. His awards and honors included the Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal. He was also a member of the American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists and the Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons.