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 …

Take a Celtic Pilgrimage with John Doan’s music

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. …

Farewell to Ted H. Doane

Ted H. Doane was born May 12, 1930, on the family farm near Fairview, Okla. to Harry and Clarella (Odell) Doane. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 83. In 1948 Ted Doane graduated high school in Fairview, Okla., graduated in 1952 from …

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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.


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Adams Green: book of memories

How to have an enduring and happy marriage

March 9, 2014 Blog Comments Off
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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.

Farewell to Ted H. Doane

February 22, 2014 Blog, Obituaries Comments
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Ted H. Doane was born May 12, 1930, on the family farm near Fairview, Okla. to Harry and Clarella (Odell) Doane. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 83.

In 1948 Ted Doane graduated high school in Fairview, Okla., graduated in 1952 from Oklahoma A&M, known today as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, and went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. from Kansas State University. From 1953-1955 he served in the United States Army.

He married Alice Lee Watt July 18, 1954.

In 1955 he began his education career with the University of Nebraska in Dawson County as assistant county agent. In 1956 he joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department and was known as a favorite teacher training other teachers who eventually taught his grandchildren.

In 1964, Professor Doane and his family spent two years at Ataturk University in Turkey and in 1975 spent two years at Kabul University in Afghanistan lending their expertise to university teaching and extension programs. They’ve led student study tours to Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and many more countries.

In 1967 when the winter 12 weeks Japanese Agricultural Training Program began on the University of Nebraska East Campus Doane was their lead teacher and continued until 1972.

He had retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966, but returned to the agricultural program in 1997 and stayed for a decade as professor and then program coordinator.

Ted Doane was remembered by former graduate student Mark Roberson for his “humor, generosity and kindness.” Karol Fike called him a mentor and friend, “He was always so kind and helpful and pleasantly ornery.” Several people, including Marie and Bob Lehfeldt, enjoyed Ted’s friendliness at the MAKE IT WITH WOOL national convention.

Throughout his career he taught over 10,000 students and advised nearly 1,200. Each year through the Doane Undergraduate Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Ted and his wife Alice helped an animal science student.

For 20 years he served as a 4-H club leader and for more than 30 years worked with youth in 4-H and FFA at county and state fairs where he served as superintendent for the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Sheep Show and the Nebraska State Fair Sheep Show.

One of his daughter’s friends posted online, “The world lost an incredible man. I smiled as I recalled the numerous hours spent with Amy asking each other’s dads for money at the State Fair so we could sneak away and ride rides. Something tells me our dads knew for years what we were doing and played right along,” Diane Taylor Walter.

Tom Dawson remembered fishing in Minnesota with Ted Doane, “and our lively discussions at the picnic table.”  In addition to outdoor hobbies, Ted Doane was an active contributor to numerous university committees, adviser for Block and Bridle Club, Nebraska Registered Sheep Association, as well as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waverly, the  American Legion, the Waverly Grange and Master of the Nebraska State Grange.

Tom Baumann, Elections Board Coordinator acknowledge Ted Doane’s years of service. Gary Nelson from Nebraska Children’s Home Society acknowledged Ted Doane’s contributions to their work.

Most of all I will remember Ted the gentle human always ready to help. You have left a hole in all our lives,” Tom Dawson.

Ted’s honors include: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Distinguished Teaching Award, the Parents of Student Teaching Award-four times, the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Merit, the LK Crowe Outstanding Student Advisor Award, the Walnut Grove Livestock Service Award, The National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Fellow Award, the CASNR Alumni Association Legacy Award, the UNL Alumni Association’s Doc Elliot Award, and the Award of Merit from the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council, and in April 2013, Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honoree.

Ted H. Doane, May 12, 1930 - February 18, 2014

Ted H. Doane,
May 12, 1930 – February 18, 2014

Survivors include his wife, Alice; daughters and spouses, Bonnie and Mark Lemke of Walton, Amy and Scott Kica of Omaha; grandchildren and spouses, Valerie and Adam Hunt of Lincoln, Bryce Lemke of Clermont, Fla., Connie and Michael Bridges, Ashlee and Lee Kica-Johnson, Kortnee and fiance Kyle Lechtenberger and Zyree Kica of Omaha; four great-grandchildren; brother and spouse, Ben and Betty Doane of Lawton, Okla.; sister, Harriet Doane of Fairview, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services
Family will greet friends Saturday 3-5 p.m.
Roper and Sons
4300 ‘O’ St
Lincoln, NE

Funeral services Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
14410 Folkestone
Waverly, NE | Directions

Burial 1 p.m.
Rosehill Cemetery, Grant, NE | Directions

Memorials
Waverly Methodist Church Elevator Fund
14410 Folkstone
Waverly NE, 68462

University of Nebraska Foundation Doane Scholarship
Animal Science UNL
P0 Box 830908
Lincoln NE, 68583-0908

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President sinks a hole in one!

February 17, 2014 Blog Comments
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The President sinks a hole in one!

Were you thinking the President of the United States?

You are close. But think closer to home, or closer to family.

It was the President of the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc., Kenneth M. Doane.

What a great way to celebrate President’s Day.

Congrats, Ken!

Hole in one score card.

Hole in one score card.

 

President’s Day holiday closures

February 16, 2014 Blog Comments
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On Monday, Presidents’ Day, expect the following closures or adjusted schedules:

BANKS: Most closed. Some in-store branches may be open. Check your bank for details.

BUSES: Most follow regular schedule.

COLLEGES: No classes for state colleges and universities. Some institutions of higher learning will have offices open. Call first.

DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed.

EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.

FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed.

GARBAGE: Most operating per usual, or one day delayed.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Offices closed. Washington Legislature in session.

MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery except Express Mail. Some postal units are open year round. Check your local area.

PARKING METERS: On-street parking free on holidays.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.

UTILITIES: 24-hour customer service, and for outages or emergencies available. Check local phone numbers.

VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.

Have a great holiday.

Interviews of Doane VIPS, the furry kind

January 26, 2014 Blog Comments
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Doane families across the U.S. harbor very intelligent family members who rarely speak out.

Due to the highly trained staff of Pets Add Life this exclusive video was captured of Doane pets actually sharing their thoughts.

The incredible video includes some rarely before shared secrets:

-  What’s it like being an only pet?

-  What do you think you’re doing?

-  How are you doing

The video also includes some rarely before seen footage:

-  Diversion tactics.

-  Special crooning.

At this point we would like to reassure all participating families in this special video that during the making of the film absolutely NO FAMILY SECRETS WERE DIVULGED. Your secrets are still safe.

     

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