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One of Columbus’ most energetic boosters. Melvin B. Dodge served his city as president of the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau from 1985 until 1991 and as Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department from 1967 to 1985. A dedicated animal lover, he worked tirelessly promoting the Columbus Zoo and helped make it a world-class facility.
Mel Dodge’s talent for behind-the-scenes facilitating was legendary. Business and community leaders as well as elected officials of every political persuasion sought his advice and cultivated his consensus making abilities.
During his long and distinguished career, Mel Dodge garnered dozens of community awards and served numerous civic and charitable organizations.