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Dr. Dorothy F. Roberts, age 98, died at Truman Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Lamar, Missouri on January 14, 2020. The daughter of Ollie E. and Fay (Grim) Roberts, she was born January 16, 1921, in Jasper, MO. In 1932 the family moved to Lamar, MO, where she graduated from Lamar High School. She also attended and graduated from Park College, Parkville, MO. (A.B.) University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. (PhD.) and Columbia University School of Law, New York City, New York (LLB.)

During World War II she worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation (UNRRA) in Washington, D.C., then in Occupied Germany in the UNRRA Displaced Persons Program.

She briefly practiced law in Lamar, MO, during which time she served as the first Juvenile Officer of the 28th Judicial Circuit.

She taught at various schools at various times, including the University of Connecticut, Storrs and Hartford, CT.; the University of Maryland; military bases in Germany and Italy; American University, Washington, D.C. and Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia. She traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. She enjoyed reading, bridge and the theater.
     
She was a member and / or officer at various times of the American and West Virginia Political  Science Association; American Association of University Professors; Missouri Bar; West Virginia Humanities Council; Missouri Juvenile Association; Missouri and Barton County Democratic Committees, Barton County Library Board; Arts Council of Barton County and Lamar Country Club.

Her parents; sister, Pauline Fleetwood, Belton, MO and brother, Elwood Roberts, Lamar, MO, preceded her in death.

She is survived by nephew, David (Teresa) Roberts; nieces, Carol Reavley and Ann (Judd) Chesnut all of Lamar, MO, five great nephews, five great nieces and many great-great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Daniel Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 p.m. after the service.

Contributions may be made payable to the Barton County Library, Barton County Senior Center, Nathan's Place, or a charity of one's choice.

 

 
 
 

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#3 Los Angeles,CAJames Hummel 2020-05-10 21:10
Dr. Roberts, AKA “The Dot,” was my Political Science professor at Davis and Elkins College. She had a profound impact on me and today I shed a tear for her. I only just found out about her passing She had a passion for teaching and politics. Everyone who knew her can tell you this. But she had a passion for her students as well.

I remember one morning I ran down the hill to meet with our class to attend a model UN at a neighboring college. She was standing by the open door to the van. I was very late and irresponsibly hungover. She looked at me and she said, “Mr. Hummel, you are driving.”

It makes me happy to know that she returned to her beloved Missouri (Missourah!) She will be forever remembered and her name invoked as long as I land my classmates live.

Rest In Peace Dr. Roberts

James Hummel (D&E ‘85)
#2 Lamar, MoMark Davis 2020-01-16 02:16
Dorothy was my next door neighbor for the past 13 years and one of the most interesting and informed persons I have ever met. Her accomplishments were many as evidenced by her bio yet she was forever humble. I am going to greatly miss our discussions on her back patio about social and political issues. She always seemed to respect my opinions which often varied greatly from her own. That was one of her greatest gifts: the ability to see both sides. RIP Dorothy for you will missed by so many.
#1 RE: Dr. Dorothy F. RobertsBarb Thrasher 2020-01-15 22:41
If you had the opportunity to know and visit with Dorothy Roberts, your life was richer for it. When she spoke, you listened. She had a wealth of knowledge that she shared with wit and wisdom. She took a sincere interest in people and had a gift for encouragement.This community will miss her greatly. Our sympathy to the Roberts family.

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