John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

In August former chapter President and musician John Doan traveled to Southeast Asia to perform on his Harp Guitar. Besides exploring exotic places and meeting new friends, he captured the experience in a series of photo journal posts on his website. Experience John Doan’s unique and quirky sense of humor …

Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research

Katherine K. Blair died Monday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Sterling, VA at the age of 83. She served as the Doane Family Association national historian/genealogist for several years. A virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, Blair had phenomenal insight regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family who are descendants of …

How to have an enduring and happy marriage

Marriage is the commitment of joining two vastly different people who have their own personalities, traditions, values and expectations. Melding those into an acceptable compromise is a formidable task and isn’t always successful. This is when love pokes its head into the mix. That early attraction and passion that brought …

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101. Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. …

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John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

October 19, 2014 Blog, Local Comments Off
John Doan SE Asia tour

In August former chapter President and musician John Doan traveled to Southeast Asia to perform on his Harp Guitar.

Besides exploring exotic places and meeting new friends, he captured the experience in a series of photo journal posts on his website.

Experience John Doan’s unique and quirky sense of humor as he takes some fascinating and unusual paths along the concert trail.

Part 1 of John Doan’s Southeast Asia Tour post covers:

  • Xi’an China
  • 1000 seat hall sold out
  • Discovery of 1400 year-old pagoda
  • Meeting China’s leading guitar builder

Read the post on johndoan.com/se-asia-tour.

John Doan SE Asia tour

John Doan performs in SE Asia

Vernon Roland Smith was known for his fix-it skills

September 14, 2014 Local, Obituaries Comments Off
Vernon Roland Smith

Vernon Roland Smith, 72, passed away at his home in Vancouver, Washington on August 21, 2014 due to complications of lung cancer.

He was born February 17, 1942 to Della and Roland Smith in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland’s Jefferson High School, attended Vancouver, Washington’s Clark College, and served in the U.S. Air Force.

He retired as a computer and photo technician.

Vernon was a member of the Hoodview Amateur Radio Club and Clark County Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA). He loved photography, computers, travel, ham radio, and was known for his impressive fix-it skills.

“Vernon could repair anything and had a wonderful smile and sparkling eyes.”

Vernon Smith fixes everything

Vernon Smith fixes everything


Vernon is survived by his wife, Diane; sisters, Carolyn Neimeyer – treasurer of the Oregon Washington Idaho Chapter of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc., and Mollie Loving – a former board member, as well; two step-children; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Vernon Smith was preceded in death by his parents.

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel handled the private memorial service.


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Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

September 7, 2014 National, Obituaries Comments Off
Dorothy Doan Baker

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101.

Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. As a science teacher at West Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY she developed the state’s first environmental science curriculum.

Dorothy had other firsts.

She was the first female president and first President Emerita of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. She was one of the first volunteers at the Strong National Museum of Play. She was an adopter of technology and was the first Centenarian in her neighborhood to be an avid iPad user which showcased her continuing mental acuity.  She was also a 30-year veteran with the New York State VITA tax program for seniors.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John H. Baker, Sr., and survived by three sons: John H. Jr. (JoAnn), Donald D., and Robert K. (Vincent Yacobellis), grandchildren: Jennifer Stahmer (Richard), Todd (Erin), and Allison Kozoll (Rory), and great grandchildren: Abigale, Matthew, Emerson, Andrew, and Jack. She is also survived by “special son” Sven Wennhall and his family in Sweden.

Besides traveling to many Doane family biennial reunions, Dorothy Baker was an extensive world traveler.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene, 17 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

She served as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Donations in Dorothy Doan Baker’s honor can be made to the Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene – Baker Altar Fund, 17 S. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 14614.


Legacy.com: www.legacy.com/DorothyDoanBaker

University of Rochester: In Memoriam

Episcopal Archives: Dorothy says, kids need fun

 

Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research

September 1, 2014 National, Obituaries Comments
Katherine K. Blair at a Doane family reunion 2006.

Katherine K. Blair died Monday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Sterling, VA at the age of 83.

She served as the Doane Family Association national historian/genealogist for several years. A virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, Blair had phenomenal insight regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family who are descendants of Deacon John Doane who settled on Cape Cod in the 17th century.

Katherine K. Blair, wife of the late Albert Blair, was surrounded by her family when she passed and is survived by her sons A. Scott (Pamela) Blair, John D. Blair and his fiancé Winnie B.

In addition to being the national historian for the Doane Family, Katherine Blair was a retired college professor who obtained several degrees. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was actively involved with the American Kennel Club as well as the Federation of Dog Owners and Breeders. She was instrumental in the legislation that protects dog owners and breeders and for her contributions to the Cocker Spaniel breed and all dogs, the Capital City Cocker Club [pdf] dedicated their May 16, 2014 event to her memory.  Blair leaves behind her beloved four legged kids, Tama and Buttons.

Throughout her volunteer work with the family, she assisted the members of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc (DFA)  in completing their lineages, and also helped would-be members prove their connections to the larger Doane family. She was a regular attendee of the biennial reunions, setting up her DFA genealogy committee in a specially designated reference room to aid reunion attendees in their research. Blair also oversaw the publication of The Doane Family tomes, Volume II, III and was working on IV at the time of her death.

Kay Blair documents Doane misadventures

Kay Blair documents Doane misadventures

Katherine, or Kay as she was known to most Doanes, was the clearing house for all Doane Family Association records, and had a vast archive on the Doane family in her home. Current president of the association, Kenneth M. Doane, traveled to Virginia to honor and preserve her immense collection. With the help of Blair’s son the archive was organized and packed, then transported to Doane College by Kenneth M. Doane where the records currently reside.

Kay Blair’s efforts at accuracy were as well-known as her sense of humor. She was known to jab fun at the expense of her fellow Doanes by documenting their misadventures at the biennial reunions, including tracking the number of reunion attendees who had been locked out of their accommodations.

Katherine K. Blair’s funeral service was handled by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon, VA and held at Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Road, Sterling, VA on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She is buried at Sterling Cemetery.

Contributions in Katherine Blair’s honor may be made to Guiding Eyes For The Blind, www.guidingeyes.org.


Legacy.com: www.legacy.com/KatherineKBlair

Adams Green: book of memories

Biennial Doane family reunion in Michigan

May 1, 2014 National Comments Off
Michigan State

The Great Lakes Michigan Chapter of the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc (DFA) invites all Doane and Doans to the 53rd biennial reunion in Saginaw, Michigan on July 21 – 26, 2014.

Saginaw is located in beautiful east-central Michigan on Saginaw Bay. The event will be held at Saginzw Valley State University.

Several branches of Doanes/Doans settled in Michigan in the early 19th century. Some came directly from the east and others pick up stakes in Canada and traveled south to the great state.

The reunion committee’s lineages descend from at least three of Deacon John Doan‘s children. Dick Doane and his sister MaryAnn Doane Sindt trace their Doane ancestors in Michigan back to 1834. Arlene Thompson‘s family came in 1856, and Bill Fineout‘s Doane family moved in the state in the late 1860s.

The Doans who intermarried with the Dows of Dow Chemical fame were Quakers who came to Michigan via Indiana and Nebraska in the early 20th century

Herbert Dow Doan Science Building

Herbert Dow Doan Science Building, Saginaw, Michigan

DFA members will see the Doan name on the Saginaw campus. The Herbert Dow Doan Science Building is named for Herbert Dow Doan, who died in 2006, and is the last Dow family member to run Dow Chemical. The Doan building boasts a new 1,500 square foot state of the art greenhouse and houses classrooms, faculty offices, teaching labs and a Starbucks. Reunion attendees will have the opportunity to eat at the Marketplace, the main eatery at Doan Center.

Reunion accommodations are in a comfortable, air conditioned residence hall, Living Center North, built in the 1980s. The Living Center is just a few steps from the Marketplace and other campus sites, so there is minimal walking and the paths to the meeting, dining and research rooms are over flat terrain. Right outside the Living Center’s entrance is a large rock that groups visiting campus can “decorate.” DFA members are invited and encouraged to leave their marks on this graffiti rock and paint brushes will be provided.

For those who have a penchant for more challenging terrain, there is a physical fitness room and a pool.

For more information and to sign up visit: doanefamilyassociation.org/2014Reunion

 

How to have an enduring and happy marriage

March 9, 2014 Blog Comments Off
happy-marriage

Marriage is the commitment of joining two vastly different people who have their own personalities, traditions, values and expectations. Melding those into an acceptable compromise is a formidable task and isn’t always successful.

This is when love pokes its head into the mix. That early attraction and passion that brought you together must have some meaning to make it worth the effort to find the path you both wish to continue to travel. There is no guarantee how rocky, crooked and rough that path may be but sometimes you just know and see there is light at the end of the tunnel and you travel holding hands and struggling forward.

Love and passion are the first stepping stones of many in marriage. Hopefully those attributes never fade completely away, but over the years their intensity becomes lessened as life just pushes them aside with children, job responsibilities or loss, illness, and financial concerns. It usually doesn’t take much to start the fire burning again — with just a little extra love and care — as long as you keep that fire carefully banked and glowing and never let it die out.

Two of the absolute necessities to a long marriage are trust and respect towards each other. Lies and secrets are the things that will quickly put out the fire.

Because my experience of marriage was before the advent of all the technology we enjoy today, my husband and I have always had openness that I see declining today. We don’t have anything we would not want the other to be aware of so we often open each other’s mail, read each other’s e-mails and take messages for each other on the phone. We also share every penny either one of us earns and have joint accounts. Over the years, because my husband has done some extra jobs, one of our accounts he uses more than I do and I carry the checkbook on the other.

We also never go “shopping” without an understanding of our outstanding debts so we don’t buy something expensive without the others knowledge. It took a while to achieve, but we only use credit as a convenience and have always believe in saving something.

Share a long hug.

Share a long hug.

We never make a couple’s commitment without checking with our spouse first. We’ve never restricted each other’s commitments to outside activities but sometimes in honesty I have probably felt left out at home with kids while he was out having fun without me. But I trusted he would act as if I was there so never had the worry of an affair or unfaithfulness.

That’s the example of trust and respect so that you never abuse the foundation of your marriage by actions that you knowingly know will hurt your spouse.

A long marriage is a long road with lots of bumps, but as you travel along together sharing the joys and sorrows and find yourselves close to the end of that road and still can laugh and joke and enjoy the wonderful friendship you’ve created you’ve had a successful journey.

Being a special friend, listening without criticism or even harder without advice is what makes the bonds of marriage close tightly around binding you into a cohesive partnership and friendship.

I have always love Kahlil Gibran analogy about marriage as two strings that have a song to sing but when played together they make music.  May you sing beautiful songs together.

~ W. Doane, March  2014


Editor’s Note:  Thank you to our member who shared this insightful advice. If you have an article to share, email to: doanefamilyassociation@gmail.com.

Take a Celtic Pilgrimage with John Doan’s music

March 2, 2014 Celebrities, Events Comments
John Doan, harp guitarist.

Master harp guitarist, storyteller, and historian John Doan performs on his renowned harp guitar this month in select venues near Portland and Salem, Oregon.

Doan’s new program, Celtic Pilgrimage, carries the listener visually and musically back to the time to the year 433 when St. Patrick began his missionary work in Ireland. This was a period when arts and literature flourished and the Emerald Isle experienced spiritual renewal,  relative peace – the dawning of the Golden Era.

Through Doan’s music, his stories and video displays, concert goers will transcend time and experience their own Celtic pilgramage, even if ephemeral.

“I hope to see you at one of the upcoming concerts,” John Doan.

Two John Doan Concert Dates March 2014:

Friday, March 7th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Living Way Fellowship Church
39300 Dubarko Rd, Sandy OR 97055
Just 28 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon.

Admissions $15 at door.

For more information, call Living Way Fellowship at 503-668-8088.


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Sunday, March 16th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Gateway Foursquare Church
525 Idylwood Dr. SE, Salem OR 97302

Suggested donation $15 at door, children and seniors $10


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Purchase John Doan DVDs and CDs

For those not able to attend either March 2014 program, the DVD, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is available for purchase.

NEW release: A Celtic Pilgrimage.

Celtic Pilgrimage

The recording, A Celtic Pilgrimage, transcends time and travels to the sacred sites of the Celtic Isles where John Doan wrote the music to his award winning recordings Eire – Isle of the Saints. Eire was voted #1 Celtic Album of the Year. In addition, his recording Wayfarer – Ancient Paths to Sacred Places was nominated for the same #1 spot.

All of John Doan’s DVDs and CD’s are available on his website, www.johndoane.com.

     

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