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  • November 16, 2015

The biography below was written by Dottie Bennett in 1989.

“For most of my life I have been working with young people and women, assisting their growth and adjustment.  It has been challenging, exciting, interesting and rewarding.

At age ten I ran a neighborhood nursery; at age twelve I was a junior counselor at the Episcopal Camp and later a co-sponsor of Girls’ Friendly Society of Teenagers and a Sunday School Teacher.  As my three girls grew I became active in the local PTA as an officer and Newsletter editor, in the community on the Farmington Public School Advisory Board, in Girl Scouts as a leader and summer camp director, and at the First Presbyterian Church as a circle leader and Sunday School Teacher.”

“I entered college at age thirty-six, earning a 3.87 GPA (in English Literature/Education at Eastern Michigan University) in three and one-half years while raising three daughters, with the help of a super husband (Jack).  I was honored by receiving local and national scholarships and by induction into three honor societies; Stoic, Kappa Delta Pi and Mortar Board.  I earned a M.A. at the University of Michigan in Guidance and Counseling and have post-masters credits at Michigan State University in psychology and management.  I taught English at Clarenceville High School, and then became a counselor and Director of Guidance.   I sponsored the debate team, forensic teams, American Field Service, Youth for Understanding, the National Honor Society, trips to Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival and to three universities’ theatres.  I organized and ran the annual Honors Convocation, assisted by my wonderful secretary and members of the National Honor Society.  My home was the center for my students and my family loved talking to them.  Students brought their problems, personal and academic; later they brought their children.  I miss them greatly.”

“My professional improvements included membership and active participation in Michigan Teachers of English; Oakland County, Michigan, and American Personnel and Guidance Association; American Association of University Women, serving as vice-president in Michigan and Education Committee and Scholarship Chairman in Green Valley; National and Michigan Association of Women Deans, Counselors and Administrators as conference chairman at the state level and chairman of Rooms and Signs for the national convention in Detroit; member of Nationally Certified Counselors and Certified Human Potential Trainer.  I was inducted into The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in 1970, Beta Eta Chapter, Farmington, Michigan, through which I participated in many state-offered workshops in professional growth, management and leadership (which I, in turn, presented to my and other chapters and utilized with my students) and wherein I served as committee chairman and president during which I originated the formation of a new chapter, Beta Chi ( and later also Gamma Alpha); was president of the Oakland  Coordinating Council; for Iota State I was chairman for Books for China Project, for Coordination Councils and for the Executive Board Minutes Review Committee, and Corresponding Secretary; was chairman for Rooms and Property at the International convention in Detroit in 1981; and was a presenter at the Northeast Regional Convention in Toronto.  I received a great honor of woman of Distinction from both Beta Eta Chapter and Alpha Iota State. The members of Delta Kappa Gamma are so talented and such good leaders that I am humble at receiving this award.”

My comments:

Dottie and her husband Jack retired to Green Valley, Arizona in 1985 where she continued her professional involvement and in 1991, she was awarded Distinction by AAUW, Green Valley, Arizona Chapter.  Her life was happy and full until she fell under the influence of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

October 24, 1999 – Dottie left behind her loving husband, Jack; here three daughters, Katheryne Simonds (and husband Jim), Norma Soos (and husband Don) and Jackie Cetnar (and husband George); three grandchildren, Valerie Kemper (and husband Kres) and Brad Behm; and two grandchildren, Vince and Austin Davis.


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