"The Marin Independent Journal," September 21, 1991.
Laurence B. Dodds - Patent attorney
Laurence Briggs Dodds of Mill Valley died Monday, Sept. 16, 1991. He was 89.
He was a native of Colorado.
Mr. Dodds graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1925 with a degree in electrical engineering. He belonged to the fraternities Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. In 1930, he received his law degree at George Washington University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi fraternity.
Mr. Dodds began his career as a patent attorney with General Electric Co. In 1935, he went to work with Hazeltine Corp. in New York. He also maintained a private practice.
In the 1940s, Mr. Dodds wrote the patent for EANIAC, one of the first calculators. He argued three patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Dodds moved to Marin in 1985.
He was affiliated with many professional organizations, including Patents Advisory Committee for the National Security Industrial Association, Board of Governors for the New York Patent Law Association and the National Panel of Arbitrators. He was a member of the Bar in Washington, D.C., New York and Illinois.
Mr. Dodds is survived by two daughters, Barbara Dodds of Huntington Woods, Mich., and Marjorie Daymude of Eagle, Colo., and two grandsons. His wife, Carol Dodds, preceded him in death.
Memorial services are set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Redwoods retirement facility in Mill Valley.
Burial will be in Davis Municipal Cemetery, Davis. (Yolo County, California)
Memorial contributions are preferred to The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, 94941.
(Prior to his death he was in constant contact with his nephew and his wife, Edward G. and Jeane (Abbot) Noble, who lived in San Rafael.)