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Dodge, Louis Norton, 1873-1951



  • Existence: 1873 - 1951

Louis Norton Dodge was born April 24, 1873, at Lone Rock, Wisconsin, the son of physician Maurice M. Dodge and Lucy H. Dodge. Dodge spend a portion of his youth at Tacoma, Washington, and received some of his secondary education at the Tacoma Academy. He also attended the Northwestern University Academy of Evanston, Illinois.

Dodge matriculated to Northwestern University in 1893, joining Northwestern’s College of Liberal Arts class of 1897. He later attended Northwestern’s School of Music, graduating in 1903 after studying organ with Clarence Dickinson and piano, organ, and theory with Peter Christian Lutkin. Dodge joined the School of Music faculty that same year, heading its Preparatory Department and also teaching piano and theory.

Dodge married Charlotte Kathleen Carman and the couple had several children: Louis N., Jr.; Charlotte Kathleen; Maurice; and Peter Lutkin.

Dodge retired from the Northwestern faculty in June, 1938, and was honored at testimonial banquests and through the receipt of statements of appreciation authored by former students. He moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1939, and died there on May 13, 1951.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Louis Norton Dodge (1873-1951) Papers

Identifier: 19/3/14
Scope and Contents The Louis Norton Dodge papers, filling one half-size box and one expandable binder, consist of a thin file of general biographical items along with a small collection of musical compositions. Those compositions are categorized as student exercise books, teaching material, and musical manuscripts and transcriptions. The papers are reflective, certainly, of Dodge’s life and interests but also of the School of Music’s pedagogy during the years of his association with Northwestern.