Idyllwild, CA - Dorothy "Dot" Swain Lewis died September 9, 2013 at her home in Idyllwild, Califonia. Born Dorothy Mozelle Swain in Asheville, North Carolina on September 30, 1915 to John Edward Swain, and Mozelle Stringfield Swain. Predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Jack, and survived by her sister, Betty Turbyfill of Asheville, North Carolina; as well as her son, Albert Z Lewis Jr. of Arlington, Virginia; many cousins, nieces, nephews and their children, located from North Carolina to Alaska to New Zealand.
She graduated from Randolph Macon College for Women, studied at the New York Art Students League in New York, and received her Masters of Fine Art from Scripps College, Claremont CA. Having learned to fly, during WW II, she was trained as a flight instructor , trained trainees for the Navy and the Women Airforce Service Pilots ("WASP") programs, then served as a WASP, flying various such planes as the P-63, B-26, & P-40. After the war, she was a flight instructor and aerobatic pilot before getting married, then moving west with her 3 year old son, to teach on the Orme School, a private high school near Mayer, Arizona, before retiring to Idyllwild, California. Her art work includes paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings, other print-making, ceramics, sculpture, and bronze castings, the official portrait of US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a series of statues including " the WASP Trainee" installed at the US Air Force
Academy Honor Court, Colorado Springs, CO, Neilsville, WI,, Midland and Sweetwater, TX, and College Park, MD, and various other projects, and is displayed on a website: www.dotlewis.com
As a veteran, her internment is expected to be at one of the National Cemeteries, perhaps Arlington, VA, at which time a memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a tree be planted some worthy spot, or a Rose (donation) be given in her name to the project to build a Tournament of Roses float to honor the WASP in next year's parade: www.WaspFloat.com