Dorothy “Dottie” Horne

Dorothy “Dottie” Horne


            Dorothy “Dottie” Horne died July 28, 2018 at the age of 97.  She was a resident of Vi at Bentley Village in Naples, Fla. Prior to living in Naples, she resided in Philadelphia, Pa., West Boylston and Chatham.  Born in 1921 to Dr. Harvey Schock and Hettie Myers Schock, Dottie grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Friends Central School, Hood College, and received a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Nutrition Sciences and was employed by the Alfred I. DuPont Institute until her marriage to Dr. Elwood O. Horne in August, 1946.

            Dottie approached life with enthusiasm and was an accomplished athlete including being 1936 Junior Club Champion in golf, tennis and squash at the Philadelphia Athletic Club and a member of the 1960 Worcester Country Club Championship team in State Club golf.

Dottie traveled extensively and developed a lecture series on nature awareness, conservation and Ecology. In 1971, Dottie and Elwood traveled to Africa with the YMCA International Intercultural Program and met with many leaders including Haile Selassie.

            Dottie expressed her creativity through painting and photography. She painted her designs on furniture, purses and wooden accessories. Horne Decorative Arts was her business and her custom painted items were sold to private collections (Joy Adamson, Marlin Perkins), the Museum of Natural History (N.Y.), St. Louis Zoo Gift Shop, Disney World Store etc. Her photos were used in magazines, posters, a 1975 YMCA International World Service calendar, the American Indian Film Show for the United Church of Christ and a lecture at the Congressional Club in Washington, D.C. In 1970 her photograph was published in the book Africa by Fred Burke.

            Dottie was a past President of several organizations in Worcester: Women’s Auxiliary of Worcester District Medical Society, the American Association of University Women and Hahnemann Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She was a past Vice Chairman of the Northeast Region YMCA International Division Committee. Dottie was listed in Who’s Who of American Women and in Chatham was a member of Eastward Ho Country Club, Chatham Beach + Tennis Club, and St. Christopher’s Church.

            Dottie was preceded in death by her spouse, Dr. Elwood Horne. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Gregory Horne (Judith), Chatham; Lynne Gasiorek (Alan), Norcross, Ga.; Robert Horne (Jennifer) Rye, N.Y.; Barbara Long (Gary), Naples, Fla.  Dottie is survived by seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.


            A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club, 12 Main St. Chatham, MA.

            The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Tufts University School of Medicine 136 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02111; payable to Tufts University for the Horne Scholarship.

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