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Volunteer Award Winner:
Dorothy R. Walker

Art to The Schools - 2001

Being a volunteer at The Detroit Institute of Arts was not by happenstance —it was a goal set before her retirement, an ambition which came about through her love of art and art museums. This love, nurtured by her parents, prepared Dorothy for her role today in the museum world.

Dorothy began as a Gallery Service volunteer in 1992 and added Art to the Schools to her portfolio in 1993. For nine years, she has been a member of this group expressing commitment, compassion, and pride in providing slide presentations to grades 3-6 in the tri-county area. The inspiration that propelled her in this direction was her desire to guide the children in a journey through the wonderful world of art. She states, "An added bonus, however, is the special friendships formed that have enriched my life today." She has held several positions on the committee, but being its chairman in 1999-2000, is an honor she treasures.

Dorothy is presently Chairman, Speakers Bureau Committee, but her museum interests do not stop at the service committee level; for example: Chairman, Volunteer Newsletter and Volunteer Orientation; volunteered for fun events as Bal African, Fashbash, Ask the Experts, Noel and Oscar Nights, Staff Coffee, Art and Flowers, Festival of the Arts, Hospitality DIA, and also tours the museum’s special exhibitions! She says, "Whether presenting inside for ATS or outside for Speakers Bureau, it is always a delight and a learning experience."

A Detroit native, Dorothy left the state with her parents at age nine months for Washington, D. C., where she received her primary education, earned her BS degree and taught in the D. C. school system. Subsequently, she returned to Detroit, obtained her MA degree at Wayne State University, while employed by Chrysler Corporation, raised and exhibited show dogs, (Scottish Terriers) nationally. "My proudest accomplishment, however, was when I made my First Champion!!!"

She is active in her church (just elected to the parish council), and belongs to several professional organizations: American Association of University Women; American Association of Business Women (voted Top Ten Business Women in the United States, 1981); Howard University Alumni; Toastmasters International. She teaches a weekly dialect coaching class to foreign executives; enjoys and participates in the arts, music, sports, and traveling. She enjoys most of all —PEOPLE. She muses, "The study of people is the highest form of intellectual growth at all levels —simply fascinating."

We salute you Dorothy as our Volunteer of the Year!