Kern Dodge was born in Chicago, the son of James Mapes Dodge (1852-1915) and Josephine (Kern) Dodge. James Dodge headed Link-Belt Engineering Co. in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia and, according to Philadelphia, A Story of Progress (v. 4, 1941), held more than 200 letters of patent. Young Dodge received his early education at the Germantown Academy, graduating in 1899 and then entering the Drexel Institute, where he graduated in 1901 from the Department of Mechanic Arts. In 1901 he also established a partnership (Dodge & Day, engineers), with Charles Day, a friend from Germantown Academy. Both men had formerly been employed at Link-Belt Engineering. In 1912, after John Zimmermann entered the office, Kern Dodge withdrew and launched a "private consulting engineering practice", according to Who's Who in Philadelphia at the Time of the Sesqui-Centennial (Philadelphia: Stafford, 1927). Until 1939 he was president of Dodge Brower & Company, Inc.
Dodge served in Naval Intelligence during World War I. He was a member of the Board of Managers of Moore Institute of Art, Science, and Industry, and a trustee of Germantown Academy.
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