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Meet Our Members -- Dorothy Moore

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Dorothy with her neice Nancy Bill

Dorothy (DA) Moore, a birthright Quaker and descendent of Levi Coffin, moved from Indianapolis to Decatur Township in 1944, when she married Charles H. Pierson. Living on the Pierson farm with her husband, mother-in-law, and Charlie’s two sisters and no inside plumbing was quite a change for her. Dorothy grew up in Indianapolis and went to Shortridge High School. She had a chance to go to Earlham College and study nursing but all she had ever wanted to be was a secretary.

Dorothy had several jobs before going to business school. She was a skate guard at Riverside Skating Rink, an elevator operator at Blocks Department store, and joined and went off with the Roller Derby but her father went to get her and brought her home.

After graduating business school, Dorothy started to work at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, working for both Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman. In 1962, she was doing volunteer work at the Statehouse and was offered another job; in 1964, Dorothy became the private secretary for Indiana Secretary of State, Edgar D. Whitcomb. They would work together through the years as Whitcomb became Governor (1968 — 1972) and then with him at the World Trade Center. Ed retired but Dorothy kept going. She became a volunteer at Westview Hospital and, in a short time, became the secretary for one of the doctors, Dr. William Adams, the Executive Director of the medical staff. Dorothy worked for him till he retired in 1982.

Dorothy wasn’t one to sit around, so she started doing volunteer work for the George T. Goodwin Center. The director asked if she could do any secretary work, and you guessed it, she went from playing Bingo to full-time secretary. She was honored by Indianapolis Mayor, Greg Ballard, and given the award for Volunteer of the Year.

Dorothy, at age 94, is still active in the community, belonging to the Decatur Central Lions Club, Decatur Township Civic Council, Decatur Township Neighborhood Assocation (SWAN), Eastern Star (Mooresville Chapter), the Silver Eagles, and West Newton Friends Meeting. Every week day morning, she has breakfast with her next door neighbor, great grandson, Drake, and they go over his spelling words before school. Dorothy and her son, Chip (also a member of West Newton Friends Meeting, live together in the home she has lived in since 1955.