Dorothy Ann Kite

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Kite, Dorothy Ann COHOES Dorothy Ann "Dottie Ann" Kite (Havener), 88, formerly of Loudonville, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011 after receiving care for many years at the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center. Born January 18, 1923 in Middle-town, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles W. Havener and Dorothy P. Morgans. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. William Casper Kite Jr., who called her "Dolly" throughout their 64 years of marriage. Dottie Ann graduated from Middletown High School and attended Goucher College until her marriage in 1944. She and her husband moved to Albany in 1950. She was well known in the Albany community for her vivacious personality and for her many years of energetic advocacy for civil rights. In the 1960s she served on the board of directors of the YWCA, the Council of Community Services, the Urban League of Albany, and Albany County Opportunity. She helped form Albany Citizens Against Poverty, which received the first anti-poverty program funds under the newly formed Equal Opportunity Association. She was most proud of her extensive involvement with Trinity Institution (now Trinity Alliance of the Capital District), serving for many years on their board of directors. Dottie Ann was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Albany for nearly 60 years and was also a communicant at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. She was a member of the associate board of directors at Siena College for many years and was involved with several interfaith initiatives, including the Interfaith Task Force, the Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Better Homes Neighborhood Association. Through these efforts she and her dear friend, the late Olivia Rorie, helped build new homes for low income families in the Arbor Hill and South End neighborhoods of Albany. In 1985 she was an honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women "for her contributions to the empowerment of women and Third World persons and her efforts toward the elimination of racism." Until Alzheimer's Disease limited her activities, Dottie Ann was a voracious reader whose broad interests ranged from politics to poetry and polemics. She was a patron of the arts and especially enjoyed the Albany Institute of History and Art and the Albany Symphony. Dottie Ann loved entertaining and cooking for friends and family at her summer home in Chatham, Cape Cod. She treasured long walks on Nauset beach. She is survived by her sister, Lillian "Jill" Havener Lowery, Northport, Long Island; four sons, William (Margo) Casper Kite III of Marshfield, Mass., Charles (Tara) Havener Kite, MD of Menands, N.Y., Thomas (Robin) Morgans Kite of Seattle, and John (Stephanie) Taylor Kite of Slingerlands, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Margaret Ann, Carly, William IV, Peter, Charles Jr., Seth, Heidi, Samuel, Sean, Killala, Araglin and Liam and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, 362 State Street in Albany. Friends are invited to visit with the family before the service in the Rose Room of the church beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in Dottie Ann's memory to Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region Inc.
Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 6, 2011