Dorothy “Dottie” Horne died July 28, 2018 at the age of 97. She was a resident of Vi at Bentley Village in Naples, Florida. Prior to living in Naples, she resided in Philadelphia, Pa., West Boylston and Chatham, Massachusetts.
Born in 1921, Dottie was raised in Philadelphia, the daughter of Dr. Harvey E. Schock and Hettie Myers Schock. Dottie was multi-talented and approached life with enthusiasm. She had an outgoing personality, a quick sense of humor, and was an interesting conversationalist. She was a resilient and self-reliant woman. She loved to travel and she was known as an accomplished artist and athlete.
In high school Dottie was the Junior Club Champion in three sports (golf, tennis and squash) at the Philadelphia Athletic Club and a member of the Junior/ Senior Philadelphia traveling golf team. Dottie also won the John B. Kelly Junior Girls Golf trophy (Grace Kelly’s father). After marriage in 1946, Dottie shared her love of tennis and golf with her husband, Dr. Elwood Horne, and continued to compete in golf and tennis through her country clubs. In 1960 she was a member of the Worcester Country Club Championship team in State Club golf and in 1985 she won the Match Play Championship at Wyndemere Country Club.
Dottie traveled extensively first with her parents and her brother, then later with her husband, family and friends. Her many exciting adventures during her travels over the years connected her with people all over the world and prepared her to give informative lecture/slide shows about Africa, the Seychelles, Ethiopia, Australia, and the Navajo Reservation. After traveling to Africa many times, Dottie developed a lecture series on nature awareness, conservation and Ecology. In 1971, Dottie and her husband traveled to Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia as part of the YMCA International Intercultural Program and met with leaders of each country including Haile Selassie.
Dottie had a curious mind and was a lifelong learner. After graduating from Friend Central School (Overbrook, Pa.) and Hood College (Frederick, Md.), Dotti received a graduate degree (ADA) from Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Nutrition Sciences (Baltimore, Md.). She was employed by the Alfred I. DuPont Institute (Wilmington, De.). Dottie was an avid reader and continued to pursue her lifelong interest in the medical field by taking classes at several universities (Harvard, Clark University, University of North Carolina) and she wrote several articles for the Worcester Medical Society.
Dottie expressed her creativity through painting and photography. She painted her designs on furniture, pocket books, ice buckets, signs, stationary, and scenery for the Junior League plays. Horne Decorative Arts was the name of her business and her custom painted items were sold to private collections (Joy Adamson, Marlin Perkins), the Museum of Natural History (NY), St. Louis Zoo Gift Shop, Disney World Store etc. Her photos were used in magazines, posters, a 1975 YMCA International World Service calendar, the American Indian Film Show for the United Church of Christ and a lecture/slide show at the Congressional Club in Washington, DC. In 1970 her photograph was published in the book Africa by Fred Burke. Even in her 80’s Dottie received recognition for her painting in an Art competition for residents at Bentley Village.
While living in Massachusetts, Dottie was an involved parent in her children’s activities and an active community volunteer. Her ability to multitask earned her leadership positions in the community. She was a past President of several organizations in Worcester, MA: Women’s Auxiliary of Worcester District Medical Society; The American Association of University Women and Hahnemann Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She was the Vice Chairman of the Northeast Region YMCA International Division Committee and a former board member of the Worcester District Nursing and Worcester Girls Club. Dottie was listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. In Worcester, MA. she was also a member of the Junior League, Tatnuck Country Club and Worcester Country Club.
When she lived in Chatham, MA she was a member of Eastward Ho Country Club, Chatham Beach + Tennis Club and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.
After moving to Naples, Dottie was a member of Wyndemere Country Club, the League Club, the Harvard Club and the Nature Conservancy. She was a board member of the Bear Museum, a member of the United Church of Christ and loved volunteering at the Bentley Village Thrift Shop. Dottie was known for bringing brownies to welcome a new resident or to cheer up a friend. She will be remembered as a thoughtful person, a kind neighbor and a caring friend.
Dottie was preceded in death by her spouse, Dr. Elwood O. Horne and her brother, Harvey E. Schock, Jr.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Gregory Horne (Judith), Chatham MA; Lynne Gasiorek (Alan), Norcross, GA.; Robert Horne (Jennifer), Rye, NY; Barbara Long (Gary), Naples, Fl.
Dottie is survived by 7 Grandchildren: Laura Gasiorek; Andrew, Jarrett, and Phoebe Horne; Brendon, Nicholas and Alexander Long and three step-grandchildren: Hilary, Mason and Noah Felton-Reid.
Dottie left a legacy to be proud of and she will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.
The family want to thank the nurses from Avow Hospice for their excellent care of our mother and the comfort they gave to Dottie and her family.
A Memorial service was held on August 1 in Naples, Florida and a Celebration of Life reception will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club, 12 Main St. Chatham, MA.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Tufts University School of Medicine 136 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02111; payable to Tufts University for the Horne Scholarship.