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Dorothy Doscher McCormick ’47

Dorothy Doscher McCormick ’47, July 17, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. She entered Reed in 1941, leaving in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery instructor for aircraft tail- and sidegunners. She returned to Reed after two years to complete her degree. She married Granville McCormick ’49 in 1947, and in 1953 they moved to Seattle, where she worked as an editor for a Seattle printing office. After leaving that job to raise the couple’s daughter, she took a position as an assistant in community and parks services in the Seattle mayor’s office from 1978 to 1984. She became known as a mover and shaker in local affairs, dedicated to community service and social causes. She served as president of the View Ridge Community Club and was co-chair of the Sand Point Community Liaison Committee, and she was instrumental in establishing several new parks and trails in the Seattle area. She was also active in the civil rights movement. Her other interests included gardening, ballet, and theatre. She is survived by her daughter; her husband died in 1997.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2000

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