How many of us learned to really see the little stuff from Dorothy? I will miss picking blueberries with her and searching for the nests of the digger wasps. And who will quiz me now on what I teach the children? She was a lovely lady.
I learned so much from Dorothy every time we met. I am honored to have been counted as one of her friends. We had many adventures together and I have fond memories of visiting with her at her home and in the field. I will miss her, she was very comfortable to be around and we shared common views about the world on many subjects. I enjoyed hearing her many stories.
I would often ask her how many lemons she wanted me to drop off (Dorothy was allergic to lemons and I would always get a big smile)
Dorothy shared her love of amphibians with my daughter, son and me when we were visited her in her home. Dorothy once led us to her basement to show us her salamander (Silvery?). Ironically, just moments before I found out that Dorothy had passed, I found a salamander on my cement driveway. It was a very cold day, even snowing. I found it so odd that a salamander would be out, especially on a cement driveway. I instantly thought of Dorothy and of my time with her. The salamander was a gift that day-as Dorothy will be a gift to all of us who knew and loved her.
Each year Dorothy and I looked forward to a nature hike in the fall, for you see our birthdays were only a week apart. I always learned something new as she pointed out some nature detail I never had seen before. Dorothy loved to share her knowledge with others, particularly children. She was a gentle spirit and children attentively listened as she described some aspect of nature to them in her quiet voice. After listening to her poetry for 30 years, she and I embarked on a project several years ago and compiled a book of her favorite poems. Many of you may not realize that Dorothy did not start writing poetry until she was in her 50's. She had a real talent for selecting a topic and in just a few short descriptive words creating a moment of awe through her poetry. The knowledge she shared, the poetry she recited and the many environmental programs she was involved in touched many lives and this is her legacy.
I attended several bird walks that Dorothy led as part of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Rec & Ed program. I'll never forget the American Bittern that we saw -- she was so excited. I learned so much about nature from her and value the other outings we took to Kensington where she shared her interest, enthusiasm, and knowledge.