Dorothy Louise Ordwein (1914 - 2009)



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at Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, in Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, Maryland USA


on at Asbury Methodist Home, in Solomon's, Calvert County, Maryland USA
Cause of death: stroke/aphasia/hospice

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at Cove Point, in Lusby, Maryland USA


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Cove Point, in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland USA

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Father: Phillip Louis Ordwein
Mother: Ora Rebecca (Tipton) Ordwein
Siblings: Phyllis Lucille (Ordwein) Carey


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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1914 - In the year that Dorothy Louise Ordwein was born, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

1922 - At the age of merely 8 years old, Dorothy was alive when on December 6th, the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, was officially proclaimed. While establishing some independence for the people of Ireland, it did not create a fully independent Ireland and the fighting continued.

1951 - Dorothy was 37 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

1985 - At the age of 71 years old, Dorothy was alive when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

1997 - By the time she was 83 years old, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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[external link] ……………………………………………………………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 [external link]
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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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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