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Sep 8, 2012 1:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Press Columnist And Author Reynolds Dodson Dies Following Battle With Cancer

Sep 10, 2012 1:32 PM

UPDATE, Monday, 1:30 P.M:

According to Mr. Dodson’s family, there will be no funeral or memorial services, however, a gathering of Mr. Dodson’s friends is being planned for a later date.


Southampton Press columnist and author Reynolds Dodson of Water Mill died on Friday night following a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Dodson’s column, The View East, was a mainstay of The Press since 1996. He was the author of many books, most recently “A Cockeyed Guide to the Hamptons,” a collection of more than 60 humorous essays about life in the Hamptons.

He lived in Water Mill with his wife Susan. His columns won six awards from the New York Press Association, including Best Humor Column.

Mr. Dodson was a former magazine editor for Reader’s Digest, Meredith Corporation, Family Weekly (now USA Weekend) and The New York Times Company, and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including Parade, Ladies’ Home Journal, Playboy, and Newsday.

He was the author of four previous books: “Beyond Valium: The Brave New World of Psychochemistry”; “Urban Renewal”; “Unfriendly Skies: Revelations of a Deregulated Airline Pilot”; and “Splitsville,” a compilation of comic strips he co-created.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northwestern University in 1960 and went on to earn a master’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Services will be announced when information becomes available.

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Ren was a great man and will be missed. I am glad to have known him.
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on Sep 8, 12 4:17 PM
A great colleague and friend, and one of my favorite people on the East End. He loved to provoke and infuriate, but he respected his readers and his art immensely. A keen mind, a sharp wit and a big heart. Farewell to a unique and special man, and deepest condolences to Susan, their children, MacDuff and the entire family.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 8, 12 6:26 PM
Ren was a gentleman. A fine man, a thinker and reader and questioner, a Midwesterner in the best sense, and such fun to be around. Farewell, Ren, may you be going to a place where they mix a decent martini. You will be sorely missed.
By rabblerouser (46), Hampton Bays on Sep 8, 12 7:26 PM
R.I.P. Ren. You will be missed.
By wmlocal (3), Water Mill on Sep 8, 12 9:44 PM
Very sorry to hear this. RIP Mr. Dodsaon!
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Sep 8, 12 9:49 PM
One of "the good guys." We hardly ever saw eye-to-eye politically, but we had fun! Spritited conversations and exchanging ideas wityh Ren was always invigorating. He offered a lot to his readers and a great deal to the community. We wouldn't have some of the bike paths and safe bike lanes we have around here if it hadn't been for Ren. A lot of us are going to miss him and there's going to be a big, blank page to fill over on the let hand side of the editorial page. RIP, my friend.
By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Sep 9, 12 12:49 PM
I am so sorry.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 9, 12 8:17 PM
A great loss - always enjoyed his comments -
my regards to the family
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Sep 10, 12 10:03 PM
Ren served for many years as Chair of our Town Biking Committee. As Chair he led the effort to develop a priority bike route plan for the Town, a plan which was approved by the Town Board in 2007. He remained active in the effort to imporve biking accomoadations into this summer, working with our Town Transportation Commission and biking advocates.
Ren was a good person to work with and a good man to spend time with. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
By tneely (2), Southampton on Sep 11, 12 8:57 AM
Sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 11, 12 3:26 PM
He will be missed. He was the best Dad I knew. He was my Stepdad. I wish we had been closer. Susan I very sorry, Im glad he found you.
By Bruce Dodson (1), Las Vegas on Sep 11, 12 4:22 PM
Sorry to hear of this. I loved to read his column. He inspired, challenged and opened our minds...
By tee2sea (16), Remsenburg on Sep 17, 12 10:48 AM
Sad news. He was a gentleman and will be missed. RIP Reynolds.
By getalife (61), Southampton on Sep 17, 12 2:08 PM