Gayland Andrew Dodd, Sr., 71, died peacefully at home in the early morning hours of the Autumn Equinox, September 22, 2021. Born in Rome, Georgia on July 22, 1950, Gayland was the son of Martha Puckett Green and Henry Dewey Dodd, Jr. Raised as a devout Christian, Gayland was a member of North Broad Baptist Church. Gayland attended Pepperell High School, where he excelled in both academics and sports, earning a National Merit Scholarship for his PSAT scores, earning victories in the state and national track and field meets, and securing a position as an All-State linebacker. He attended Harvard University, where he played football, and graduated from Berry College with a degree in chemistry and set school records in track and field. He then spent several decades as a systems engineer, serving as the president of the consulting firm Spring Creek Process Development, Inc. and providing his expertise in streamlining automated chemical refining processes to numerous corporate clients along the East Coast and Canada. Before his health declined, he enjoyed participating in casual pickup basketball and volleyball at the Rome YMCA. An avid reader, he was also a member of Mensa and remained intellectually active throughout his life.