June 18, 1924 - Sept. 13, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Dorothy Frost Stevens of San Jose made her career as a folk dance teacher, television host, lived for the adventure of travel and died a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan. She was 89.
It was on family vacation to visit relatives in San Jose that she initially visited Stanford University, and after graduating from high school as an honor student, started attending Stanford in about 1944.
Dorothy and her husband, Kenneth, met in San Jose, where she taught folk dance following her graduation from Stanford University, and enjoyed 17 ½ years of marriage, travel, theater and gourmet food before his unexpected death. Dorothy would continue to enjoy those kinds of adventures for the rest of her life.
Though she would be engaged again four years later, her fiancé died suddenly and she never remarried. She credited the support of members of the Stone Church of Willow Glen for getting her through this difficult period of her life.
In 1983 she and a group of senior citizens formed Cupertino Senior TV Productions to produce what is believed to be first television series targeted at the senior market, "The Better Part." Dorothy, a producer early in the series, stepped in as host to fill a vacancy. She continued as host, then as executive producer until 2001, winning awards for herself and the program.
She joined Stone Church in 1984 and was a member of Sapphire Circle, showed her travel movies to church school, taught high school students to sew mosquito nets for Africa, and served on the Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team.
She was known for her colorful outfits - many of which she made herself - and for her hats, which she wore to church religiously. Many of her clothes were Dodger blue for the baseball team she adored growing up in Rockville Center, N.Y., before moving to the West Coast.
She is survived by her many friends and fellow members of Stone Church. A memorial will be held at the church Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 4 pm (1108 Clark Way, San Jose).
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 8, 2013