Doret Kollerer

Doret Kollerer, former English teacher at Chabot College, Hayward, passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2012, at age 86. Born December 2, 1925, in Los Angeles, Doret grew up in Southern California with her father, Jess M. Roberts; mother, Vida D. Roberts; and brother, Kenneth Roberts. She was married to Herman J. Kollerer for 62 years until his death in 2005. Doret completed her M.A. in English Literature at Holy Names University in 1961, magna cum laude. In the 1960s, she was a mentor to the Black Student Union students at Chabot and later to the Puente Project students. In the 1980s, she was co-editor of the Sonoma County Free Press, a grassroots magazine for social change. After she retired, she founded the North Coast Xpress in 1992, (later Justice Xpress), a local magazine that raised social, environmental, and political awareness while giving voice to prisoners. What stands out about Doret was not just her brilliant and creative mind, evident in her writings on T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, and Graham Greene, but her Christ-like compassion. She used her own funds to publish the magazine so she could distribute it for free. When short on volunteers, she did the layout, editing, and distribution herself. She was steadfast in her commitment to the downtrodden and corresponded with prisoners until her health failed. Kindness and empathy radiated from Doret throughout her life. She was like the sun, giving tirelessly of herself, asking nothing in return. Doret is survived by her son, Christopher Kollerer; granddaughter, Shannon Wiseman; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wiseman, Josh White, and Liberty Wiseman. Preceding her in death were her husband, Herman J. Kollerer; son, H. Kenneth Kollerer; and brother, Kenneth Roberts. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Philip the Apostle Church at 3730 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Philip's Rural Food Program, P.O. Box 339, Occidental, CA 95465. Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY-SEBASTOPOL, 829-5433

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012