Dorothy Louise Ordwein (1914 - 2009)

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Dorothy Louise Ordwein
1914 - 2009
September 15, 1914
Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States in Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Maryland USA
March 20, 2009
Asbury Methodist Home in Solomon's, Calvert County, Maryland USA 20688
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Dorothy Louise Ordwein was born on September 15, 1914 at Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Maryland USA. She was born to Phillip Louis Ordwein and Ora Rebecca (Tipton) Ordwein, with sibling Phyllis. She died on March 20, 2009 at Asbury Methodist Home, Solomon's, Maryland USA at 94 years old. We know that Dorothy Louise Ordwein had been residing in Cove Point in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland USA 20657.
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Dorothy Louise Ordwein
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Dorothy Louise Ordwein
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Cove Point in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland USA 20657
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Dorothy Ordwein was born on at Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States in Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Maryland USA
Dorothy Ordwein died on at Asbury Methodist Home in Solomon's, Calvert County, Maryland USA 20688
Dorothy Ordwein was born on at Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States in Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Maryland USA
Dorothy Ordwein died on at Asbury Methodist Home in Solomon's, Calvert County, Maryland USA 20688
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at Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland USA 20657
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German, English

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United States


University of Maryland, BS,,,,,Scarritt College (Methodist Missionary)






Lifelong educator, coach, Civil and church leader, a force to be reckoned with

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Strongly active in too many to list: United Methodist Church (Baltimore Conference) [ twice served as President of Board of Child Care], seminal in the Church camping ministry [deeply involved in establishing Manidokan and West River camps and mentoring their directors], seminal in establishing the Calvert Marine Museum and serving as amateur Chesapeake naturalist and longest-serving docent, twice elected one of "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" by her multitudinous friends and colleagues. I have never seen a more packed full scheduling daybook, even at age 90 she had meetings, conferences, workshops, training sessions to lead or contribute to, three -four-five a DAY! A dynamo of Service to others.

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Dottie was a force of nature, an unrelenting dynamo of lifelong service, pouring herself out for others. Egoless, but hyper-focused on the goal. Once she took up a cause, she would enlist (make that insist) and motivate the involvement of many many others and go on as a collective effort to engender real, positive, useful, practical, change in the world. She led from behind and was enormously respected and loved by those with whom she served. She got the best out of everybody she touched. I never knew just how deep and wide her influence was until her health failed and folks began visiting to pay their respects in her final months. There were so many people all day every day asking the nurse's station to buzz them in, that the Home just threw up their hands and left the door open. The count of her visitors in three months surpassed by orders of magnitude any prior numbers. Thousands, literally. She was our family matriarch, my maternal aunt and fairy godmother, and I loved her dearly, disagreed (as a young adult) with her a lot (she was very particular about things), and I miss her every day. I know she's now in heaven organizing the angels into work groups and outreach missions, whatever is needed, whether they meant to sign up for it or not!
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Share Dorothy's obituary or write your own to preserve her legacy. ……………………………………………………………Friday, March 27, 2009
Dorothy Louise Ordwein, 94, Solomons

Dorothy Louise Ordwein, 94, of Solomons, formerly of Lusby died March 20, 2009, at the Asbury-Solomons Retirement Home.
She was born Sept. 15, 1914, to the late Phillip Louis Ordwein and Ora Tipton Ordwein.
She graduated Hyattsville High School in 1931. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor's degree in home economics and physical education and Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn., with a master's degree in secondary education.
She was a teacher in Calvert County, Prince George's County and Baltimore city schools. She was an active member at Olivet United Methodist Church and was a member of the Calvert County Retired Teachers Association, the Baltimore-Washington Conference, United Methodist Church Retreat and Camping Ministries and the Calvert Marine Museum.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Ordwein Carey.
She is survived by her niece, Rebecca Carey of Pennsylvania; and cousin, Anne Carey of Virginia.
Memorial services will be held April 3 at 11 a.m. at the Olivet United Methodist Church in Lusby.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Olivet United Methodist Church, 13575 Olivet Road, Lusby, MD 20657 or Retreat and Camping Ministries, P.O. Box 429, Churchton, MD 20733.

Bugeye Times (2009), Quarterly Newsletter of the Calvert Marine Museum (A Division of Calvert County Government) and the Calvert Marine Museum Society, Inc. (ISSN 0887-651X) 410-326-2042 FAX 410-326-6691 TDD 410-535-6355 Museum Store: 410-326-2750
Two of the museum’s longest-serving volunteers died in March within a week of each other: Dorothy “Dot” Ordwein and Ruth Showalter. Dot Ordwein’s relationship with CMM goes back to the days of the museum’s first one-room building on Solomons Island in the early 1970s, but her most active efforts were in the later 1970s after the museum moved into the old Solomons School. Here she worked with other volunteers to start and manage the first museum store; to begin the canoe club, the fossil club, and the woodcarvers club; to develop a discovery room; and to organize and assist with educational programs for both school-age children and adults. As the museum grew, she concentrated her efforts in the educational programs, but by the 1990s she directed her attention to training museum volunteers, serving as president of the Volunteer Council in 1993, and helping with volunteer orientation programs up until the early years of the new century service of over thirty years. Her volunteer interests were not limited to CMM. After a career as a teacher, she was active in the local Retired Teachers Association, the Calvert Hospice, and Project Echo. Perhaps even more important to her was work with children through her church, locally and in youth camps in several places in Maryland. For all these activities Dot was named by the county and state in 1996 as one of “Maryland’s Most Beautiful People,” with honors in a ceremony in Annapolis. Again, in 2008, Dot was honored by the state when she was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

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In 1914, in the year that Dorothy Louise Ordwein was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1927, by the time she was only 13 years old, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1969, she was 55 years old when on January 20th, Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States. Previously the Vice President to President Eisenhower, Nixon was the only President to resign in office - in his second term.

In 1983, by the time she was 69 years old, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

In 1992, by the time she was 78 years old, on February 1st, US President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia jointly announced an end to the Cold War, proclaiming a new era of "friendship and partnership". At Camp David in Maryland, they reviewed ways to jointly reduce nuclear arms and support reforms in Russia but no agreement was reached at that meeting.

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