1939-2014 PITTSFIELD Dorothy Howard Palmer of Pittsfield died in Bradenton, Fla. on March 10, 2014 where she spent the winters. She was born on May 11, 1939 to Dorothy Hilda Stone Palmer and Howard Foss Palmer of Stockbridge. She was never married. She had no close family. She had a distant cousin, Ruth Tracy, of Venice, Fla. and Larry Robins Sr. of Englewood, Colo. Dorothy attended the Stockbridge Plane School and graduated from Williams High in Stockbridge class of 1957. She graduated with honors from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., class of 1961 with a degree in elementary education and a degree in political science. Miss Palmer taught kindergarten in Stockbridge for many years before moving to Pittsfield. She taught in many elementary schools in Pittsfield before she had to retire due to an unfortunate accident. She was a devoted teacher and many of her students' parents became life long friends. Dot was an avid baseball fan. One time in Pittsfield the only two fans at the game were Dot and the mayor. She belonged to the Red Sox Nation and was a spring season ticket holder a McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. She could have been a color commentator for any sports program. She knew about most all baseball players - their stats, who they played for, who they should be playing for, their families and where they lived. Dot was a Democrat's Democrat. She was involved in local, state and national politics all of her life. Most recently she campaigned for the mayor. She was at one time the president of the Pittsfield Teachers Federation. Until her death she was the president of the Williams High Alumni Association of Stockbridge. A memorial service will be held on April 19, 2014 in the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in the family plot in the Stockbridge Cemetery. A place for the reception will be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Williams High Alumni Association, Stockbridge, Mass. or the Russell Sage College Alumni Scholarship Fund, Troy, N.Y. The Kelly Funeral Home in Lee is in charge of the arrangements.
Kelly Funeral Home
3 Main St Lee, MA 01238
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 11, 2014