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In Memoriam: Doris O. Pike 1923 −1996

by Teresa Wannermeyer

Doris Pike, a devoted trustee of Dowling College since 1976, died suddenly last April, when she fell and hit her head in her Riverhead home. She was 72.

Mrs. Pike was a member of the Dowling Community for twenty years acting on various committees including the Curriculum Committee, Committee on Student Affairs, and the Academic Affairs Committee. The Doris Pike Presidential Endowed Scholarship was also established to award the tuition and fees for one exceptional student who has the desire to achieve professional excellence as a classroom teacher.

Her impact on the Dowling community was vast and she will be greatly missed. According to Dr. Kathryn Padavano, Dean of the School of Education, “Doris Pike was a truly committed educator who was appreciated and loved by all in the School of Education. She created an environment that left all doors open and in particular the quality I appreciated the most was her love for students.”

Her avid believe [belief] and support for education did not end with Dowling College. For the past twenty-five years she volunteered at various schools teaching English to immigrants. Prior to her death she taught at Riverhead High School to students who spoke fourteen different languages. She was also the director of Skills Unlimited of Suffolk County since 1962.

Born on April 24, 1923, to Fred and Lois Orth in Southhampton [Southampton], New York. Mrs. Pike graduated from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont in 1944. She received her Master’s Degree from the former Adelphi University Campus in Oakdale. Upon her graduation she taught Home Economics in East Hartford, Connecticut. Afterwards she dedicated her life to various volunteer work. She received many awards for her efforts, including the “Volunteer Recognition Award” from Newsday in 1989, and in 1993 she also received the Verna M. Mulholland Friend of Education Award for New York State from Delta Kappa Gamma.

Her favorite saying was: “A teacher affects eternity: she can never tell where her influence stops,” and Mrs. Pike’s influence will continue for many years to come. Mrs. Pike is survived by her husband Otis G. Pike, three children, and her brother, F. Allyn Orth of Vero Beach, Florida.

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