Dode was born in Chicago, but grew up in Spring Grove, MN where she attended grades K – 12. She attended St. Olaf College for one year, then graduated from the U of Minnesota in1958 with a BS in education. She earned her MA in education from Michigan State Univ. in 1973. Dode taught in Minnetonka, MN for two years.
In the fall of 1960 she went overseas to the Azores, beginning her wonderful 32 year career with DoDDS. She also taught in Newfoundland, Korea, Okinawa and at several different sites in Germany before entering administration. Dode was instumental in formulating the Middle School Academy workshops in DoDDS-Germny. She retired as principal of Giessen Middle School to Sun City West, AZ in1992.
Dode joined the board of AOSHS in 2002 and served as secretary for 3 years. She was an active, vibrant woman throughout her career and into retirement. She loved to entertain, and did it graciously and with flair. Dode passed away on May 13,2010 from complications stemming from surgery.