Thomas Henry Dodd, Jr.


Thomas Henry Dodd Jr. was born February 4, 1915, in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Springhill College in Mobile during 1934-35 and Auburn University, where he studied ornamental horticulture during 1935-36 and 1937-38.

Following his studies at Auburn, Dodd began working with Tom Dodd Nurseries, in Mobile, in 1938. He has continued with the highly successful family nursery business for more than 50 years, serving in various capacities, including being president. His strong interest in plants has led him to travel throughout the United States and many foreign countries in search of unusual native plants that could be adapted to Alabama.

Dodd has served in various leadership positions in the Alabama Nurserymen’s Association, South Alabama Botanical Society, Garden Club of America, American Association of Nurserymen, American Horticultural Society, and in other organizations related to his nursery interests. He has also been active in the work of his church, Springhill Baptist in Mobile.

Dodd has shared his bounty of plant material with Auburn University, donating most of the plants used for campus landscaping in recent years. He also supplies plant material for use in the horticulture teaching program.

Numerous honors have been bestowed on Dodd. Among these are the Jackson Dawson Medal from Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden Club of America Medal of Honor, Honorary Fellow of Mobile College, D. Todd Gresham Award of the American Magnolia Society, and American Nurserymen Hall of Fame.

Dodd is married to the former Elizabeth Pittman, of Dothan, Alabama. They have four children: Thomas H. Dodd III, Robert P. Dodd, Elizabeth Hearn, and Alice Baker.