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Doerga van der Kemp Strohl was born October 9, 1932 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Mrs. Doerga von Saher (mother) and Dirk W. A. van der Kemp (father). After their house was damaged by the heavy bombing of the Rotterdam harbor by the Allies during WWII, the family moved to a safer location in the town of Schiedam. After graduation from the Gymnasium in Schiedam, she participated in the Spanish Studies program at the University of Amsterdam from 1950 to 1956, while earning a diploma in Spanish Studies from the University of Madrid in 1954. She then traveled to the US to visit an uncle living on Long Island, followed by a cross-country bus trip to California to visit friends from Holland. While there, she met her future husband, William (Bill) A. Strohl, a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. They were married August 7, 1957, after which she had to return to The Netherlands to apply for permanent residence in the US. Over the next several years she worked as a laboratory technician in virology research laboratories in Pasadena, CA, at St. Louis Univ. Medical School, and finally at Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, NJ, where she spent the next 34 years until Bill retired in 1998. She had two daughters during this time, Durga Larkin, now living in Jamestown, Rl, and Celinde Y. Strohl, living in Centennial, CO. Both daughters have become MD's, and practice in their respective communities. Doerga was active in the Piscataway League of Women Voters, the Women's League of Rutgers University, and was a Girl Scout troop leader. Throughout her life in NJ she and her family spent most vacations hiking and camping in the surroundings she loved most: the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the shore along the Coast of Maine, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She became an ardent supporter of wilderness preservation, as well as of animal welfare causes. It was natural, then, that after Bill's retirement in 1998, they established residence in Longmont, CO, close to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Classical music concerts, ballet and theater performances were always primary sources of enjoyment for her throughout all of her years. Sadly, as her kidney function continued to decrease in recent years, daily dialysis became necessary for her survival. As additional medical problems caused periods of extreme fatigue and increasing difficulty in walking, her ability to attend these performances was gradually lost. Ultimately, assistance from Family Hospice of Boulder contributed greatly to her comfort in her final weeks at home, where she passed away while sleeping in the early hours of February 2, 2014. A family service to honor her life will be held in the spring. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

Published in Longmont Times-Call on Feb. 25, 2014
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