Dorothy Jones Benedict, 96
Dorothy Benedict passed away peacefully at her home in Winter Park, Fla., on May 8, 2012, the day she’d planned to arrive at her Block Island summer home.
She was born Dorothy Anna Jones on March 23, 1916, as newsboys outside on the streets of Bronxville, N.Y., were shouting “Extra! Extra!”— hailing a great Allied victory during World War I. Dorothy’s parents, Harry and Katherine Jones, had been transferred to New York from the Baltimore headquarters of the B & O Railroad.
She spent her childhood years in Crestwood, N.Y., a new suburb 20 minutes by train outside of New York City.
In 1938, Dorothy graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Delta Delta from Goucher College. In 1939 she turned down a Washington D.C. internship during The Depression, to the chagrin of her Economics professor, choosing instead to marry Marcus (Mark) Charles Benedict at the start of World War II.
Mark’s career took them to Republic Aviation on Long Island on Sunday, December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor Day. There in Huntington, N.Y., their daughter Ann was born. After the war, career moves took them to the family to Westinghouse Electric in Springfield, Penn., and then to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut where, in Glastonbury’s fine schools, three more daughters, Sharry, Gail and Faye, thrived in the Space Age. The girls studied Russian, so Dorothy became “Motz” and Mark “Otez.”
Mark’s work led to many patents, ranging from aerospace innovations to dynamic stability in golf clubs. Use of Mark’s patented putter won Dorothy the Portland Golf Club Low Season Total Putts Award.
With retirement came a new lifestyle and a move in 1978 to Block Island, where the family had been going for summer vacations since the 1960s, and to her late parents’ Winter Park, Fla., home. Dorothy’s interest in genealogy led her into the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Magna Carta Dames. The many visits from her daughters, sons-in-law, and their families invited new interests and brought new joys.
Despite her husband Mark’s increasing immobility, Dorothy and Mark determined to continue their retirement lifestyle, with Block Island summers at “By Gully” and Winter Park winters at “The Cloisters” for 30 more years of independent living. She strove to live by Christian ethics and believed strongly in the power of prayer. She was a great lady and a beloved wife and mother.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Mark. She is survived by her four daughters: Ann Johnson and her husband Paul of Canmore, Canada; Sharon (Sharry) Bash and her husband Alec of San Francisco, Calif.; Gail Bain and her husband William of Bellevue Wash.; and Faye Benedict of Drangedal, Norway; five grandchildren: Eric Johnson and his wife Agnieszka (Aggie) of Stittsville, Canada; Amanda Johnson Brisebois and her husband Ron of Edmonton, Canada; Anna Mari Lone and her husband Plamen Nenov of Cambridge Mass.; Karen Lone of Oslo, Norway; and Catherine Bain of Bellevue, Wash.; and four great grandchildren: Jonathan, Joshua and Noah Brisebois; and Mark Johnson.
A memorial service will be held in late August on Block Island. Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Block Island Medical Center, PO Box 919, Block Island RI 02807 or the Mary D. Fund, Box 323 Block Island RI 02807. The family may be contacted through www.baldwinfairchild.com.