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Obituary: Dorothy M. Voitle

Born March 4, 1921 in Washington, D.C., Dorothy M. Voitle died April 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was pre-deceased by her parents, William Alfred Morris and Clara Jones Morris. Valedictorian of her class at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., she went on to graduate from Oberlin College. Subsequently, she married Robert B. Voitle in Brant Beach, N.J.

After her marriage, Dorothy Voitle worked in the Cambridge, Mass., laboratory of Robert B. Woodward, the Nobel prizewinner who is widely regarded as the preeminent biochemist of the 20th century. Her name appears jointly with his on several papers.

Dorothy later earned a master’s degree in Italian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an expert in the Italian Futurist movement.

Dorothy Voitle was well known as a superb culinary artist, an expert gardener and a devotee of liberal causes. She was also an avid reader and intellectual, with a ready wit, known for her kindness and generosity.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Nancy E. Voitle and Jane V. Mellin, as well as her sister, Natalie M. Cranmer, and her beloved granddaughter, Julia Clara Mellin. She will be much missed by her friends and family.

If you wish, you may make a donation in Dorothy’s name to Oberlin College, 50 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Carolina Meadows auditorium, with a reception to follow. All of her friends are welcome. 

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