DURHAM, N.H. - On Friday (Feb. 7, 2014), Dorothy Brandow Hocker died at age 87 in her beloved home overlooking Beards Creek in Durham.
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Born in Bradford, Pa., on Aug. 3, 1926, she was the sole daughter of Alice F. and Alfred J. Brandow. A valedictorian and secretary of her graduating class at Bradford Senior High in 1944, she continued on to Allegheny College with the support of multiple academic scholarships. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1948, as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Sigma Roh honor societies.
At Penn State, she earned a master's degree in education, with a concentration in speech and hearing, in 1949. While at College Station, she met her future husband, Harold W. Hocker Jr. They were married in Harrisburg, Pa., on July 12, 1952, and remained together as husband and wife until Harold's recent passing in May 2013.
Following graduation, Dorothy worked professionally as a speech pathologist, specializing in children with cleft palate. Subsequent to the completion of Harold's doctorate in 1955, the couple moved to Durham, where she continued in the speech and hearing field. Their son, Brad, was born in 1959. In 1966, the family moved to a newly constructed home on Beards Landing that she and Harold designed together and where she resided for 48 years.
From the 1960s and through retirement, Dorothy was an active participant and leader in Durham and in the UNH community, serving as an officer of the UNH Folk Club and as chair of both the New Hampshire Public Television Auction and the Durham Community Church Christmas Fair. For 30 years, she organized the annual "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" drive for the Oyster River School District, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the charity during her tenure.
Approaching retirement, she exercised her passion for exploration. She and Harold traveled the world together, visiting Kenya, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Alaska and Hawaii, among others. While she was limited by disability in her later years, she retained an interest in her community, a commitment to her family and her sense of humor.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her three brothers, Richard E., Frederick Milton, and Alfred W. Brandow. She is survived by her son, Dr. Braddlee, of Alexandria, Va.; and two nieces. Consistent with her wishes, this coming spring, she will be interred beside to her husband at the Memorial Garden of the Durham Community Church in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that contributions in her name be made to either the US Fund for UNICEF (www.unicefusa.org); or Seacoast Habitat for Humanity (www.senhhabitat.org).
Her spirit will be missed.
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 29 to Apr. 5, 2014