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Dorothy Pennock Mile ’27

Dorothy Pennock Nile ’27, April 24, 1999, in Bozeman, Montana. She received a master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1929 and later pursued a doctorate at Columbia University, completing all but her dissertation. In 1929, she moved to New York City to marry Stephen Nile ’27, whom she had met while at Reed. The couple lived in New York for nine years while he taught at a variety of schools and she pursued her studies. They moved to Butte, Montana, where he took a position teaching in the physics department at the School of Mines, Montana Tech. There, she managed the school bookstore and worked in the library. She became an accomplished photographer and her photographs of students, faculty, and their families were greatly admired. In 1965, the couple retired to a ranch in the Gallatin Canyon, where they had spent many previous summers. She combined her love of the natural world with her photographic talents to produce many portraits of wildlife, the canyon, and Yellowstone Park. Many of her photographs have been preserved and may be seen at the Pioneer Historical Museum in Bozeman, and some have been included in publications, including the book Montana’s Gallatin Canyon, by Dorothy Vick. She is survived by a cousin and their children, and many friends. Her husband died in 1981.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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