Vernon Roland Smith was known for his fix-it skills

September 14, 2014 Local, Obituaries Comments Off on Vernon Roland Smith was known for his fix-it skills
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 on Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”
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.

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

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