Webberley, Dorothy Austin (1911-2011) ARTIST, OUTDOORSMAN, FRIEND... Dorothy Austin Webberley, age 100, our family treasure, died peacefully on January 24, 2011 after a full and bountiful life. Born January 3, 1911 to Frank E. and Dorothy Connor Austin, Dotty attended The Hockaday School where she graduated in the Class of 1928. She continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York City where she studied under Arthur Lee and William Zorach. She also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia. Dotty excelled in sculpture, working primarily with wood, stone, and bronze for much of the 1930's and 1940's. Dotty received her first award in sculpture at the Allied Arts Show in Dallas in 1932 for "Negro Head" and again in 1933 for "Noggin." Her works of art are represented in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art and The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. She has exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Art Students League Gallery, Delphic Studios in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the New York World's Fair. Two of her last works of art were commissioned for the Texas Centennial. One is a life size cowboy located in the West Texas Room of the Hall of State in Fair Park. The second piece is a set of inset panels on the bronze doors at the original Dallas Museum of Fine art in Fair Park. Dotty was an avid hunter, fisherwoman, and accomplished photographer. She won numerous trap and skeet shooting tournaments, held a fishing world record, and enjoyed tying her own flies. Dotty was a member of the Dallas Country Club and Gun-stream Hunting and Fishing Club and spent many summers fishing in northern Minnesota. A fellow fishing friend in Minnesota once wrote, "This little lady from Dallas is one of the most enthusiastic and appreciative outdoors people I know. She always epitomized what a fishing and hunting vacation should be." Dotty was a faithful member of Episcopal Church of St. Matthews Cathedral. She is predeceased by her husband John Webberley and her brother and sister in law Frank E. Austin, Jr. and Helen Jane Tilley Austin. She is survived by two nieces, Jane Austin Kyte and her husband Paul Kyte and Judy Austin Neuhoff and her husband Thomas H. Neuhoff and a nephew Frank E. Austin, III and his wife Cathy Austin. She is also survived by 7 great nieces and nephews and 26 great great nieces and nephews. The family is most appreciative of her loving caretakers: Marilyn Finley, DaKwanda Tate, Ethel Ray, Lisa Johnson and Paula Buck. Dotty was truly a Renaissance woman and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Services will be for family only. Memorials may be made to the Dallas Museum of Art or the charity of your choice.
Published by Dallas Morning News on Jan. 27, 2011.