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Marva L. Bell Jones Dodson


  • Aultman Hospital Operating Room Nurse (1964-1970)

  • Canton Orthopaedics, Inc. Office Nurse (1970-1991)

  • Massillon City Schools Public Preschool Program Health Coordinator (1991-2003)

  • Massillon and Stark County Community Service (2003-present)


  • American Libraries Magazine National Recognition for “CHARISSMA” Exhibit

  • The ABCD, Inc. of Canton “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Who’s Who in Black Cleveland-Akron-Stark County Award

  • City of Massillon “Mayor’s Senior Citizen” Community Service Award

  • One Tiger Inc “Heritage Award: for Lifetime Community Service and Achievement

  • Massillon Benchwarmers Club, Inc, Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service

Community Involvement

  • Massillon YWCA Board of Directors

  • Massillon Museum Woman's Board

  • Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc., Canton, Ohio

  • United Way of Stark County Agency Review Committee

  • American Heart Association of Stark and Wayne Counties Board

  • Community Hospice of Stark and Tuscarawas Counties Advisory Board

  • Habitat for Humanity of Massillon Board of Directors

  • The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Stark County

  • Massillon Public Library Cultural Diversity Committee and Student Mentoring Program

  • Affinity Medical Center Board Directors (Formerly Massillon Community Hospital)

  • The Prescription Assistance Network Program of Stark County Board of Directors

  • Washington High School Alumni Association Board of Trustees

  • Stark County Health Department Medical Reserve Corp

  • Massillon Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

  • Owner and Exhibitor of the “CHARISMA” collection of Massillon Black History

  • The Canton Repository “YESTERYEARS” Pictorial History of Stark County Contributor

  • The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum “Stark County Story” Contributor

  • Massillon Museum’s “Missing History of Massillon – The Unheard African American Stories” Contributor

  • St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Board of Trustees

  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Ohio Conference Statistician


  • Massillon Washington High School, 1962

  • Malone (College) University, 1963

  • Timken Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, 1964

  • Stark State College Center for Employee Development and Management, 1986

  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Stark County”, 1990

Marva Dodson was named a 2023 Washington High School Alumni Association Distinguished Citizen (class of 1962)

Civic Engagement and Service, Historian

From the Washington High School Alumni Association. Link to Marva Dodson's biography page here.


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