Dr. Homer L. Dodge, 95, a retired president of Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and a former head of the physics department at the University of Oklahoma, died of congestive heart failure June 29 at "Cremona Farm," his home in Mechanicsville, Md.
Dr. Dodge was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y. He graduated from Colgate University and earned a doctorate in physics at the University of Iowa. During World War I, he did research for the government in Washington. In 1919, he went to the University of Oklahoma as chairman of the physics department and later was dean of the university's graduate school.
From 1927 to 1944, he also was president of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma School of Religion.
In World War II, Dr. Dodge was director of the office of scientific personnel at the National Research Council in Washington.
In 1944, he was named president of Norwich. He held that post until he retired in 1950. He remained at Norwich until 1960 as director of the Godfrey L. Cabot Fund for Aviation Education. He moved to Mechanicsville in 1970.
Dr. Dodge was the founding president of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a recipient of its Oersted Medal. He received an honorary doctorate from St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Md. He was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, Rotary International and the Cosmos Club.
He also was a canoeist and engaged in competitions until well into his 80s.
His wife, Margaret W. Dodge, died in 1981.
Survivors include two children, Dr. Norton T. of Mechanicsville, and Alice Dodge Wallace of Golden, Colo., and two grandchildren.