Dorothy Greenlee, 91

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 3:00pm

Dorothy Greenlee, 91, of Mystic, Conn., and Block Island, R.I., died on Nov. 8, 2013, at StoneRidge Assisted Living. She was the wife of the late Dr. Ralph Greenlee, a retired surgeon.

Born in Cuba in 1922, daughter of the late Bernard and Phyllis Frisbie, she was a fulltime resident of Block Island beginning in 1981 and later moved to Mystic. The Greenlees lived on Champlin Road, overlooking Cormorant Cove, on the island.

Dorothy and her husband sailed extensively during their years together — sailing across the Atlantic several times, racing to Bermuda and between Buenos Aires and Rio, even sailing in  1989 from Key West to Cuba, Dorothy’s birthplace. They spent the later part of their sailing life cruising the Caribbean aboard their 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter, Cymba.

Besides sailing, Dorothy and her husband spent two occasions volunteering at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles, Haiti. When not sailing, they loved adventurous travel all over the world. Dorothy also loved poetry and was an accomplished gardener who worked with the New York Botanical Garden.

Dorothy leaves three children, Phyllis Potter of Oakland, California; Christine Allaire of Pawcatuck, Conn.; and Dr. Robert Greenlee of Westerly, R.I. She also leaves six grandchildren and one great granddaughter in Tallahassee, Florida.

There will be a private family burial in the Island Cemetery on Block Island and an informal remembrance gathering sometime in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Block Island Medical Center.