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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Erma J. Phillips, former President of the DFA, passes the torch

November 11, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off on Erma J. Phillips, former President of the DFA, passes the torch
Erma J. Phillips

Erma Phillips passed away on October 15th, 2013 in Riverside, California at age 82.

She was born, Erma Jane Cummings, in Richland, Kansas in 1930.

She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty Goodrich; brother, Morris Sykes; and many cousins and friends.

Phillips was a past president of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. In 2000, when the biennial Doane Family Association reunion was held at Doane Collage in Crete, Nebraska, Don Brodie was elected President and Erma elected as his 1st Vice President. Around January of 2002, Don had to resign due to health reasons making Erma the President. She presided over the 2002 reunion at George School in Pennsylvania.

Erma J. Phillips’ memorial service was held on Saturday, November 16 at the Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 SE Berryton Road, Berryton, Kansas. She is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Berryton, Kansas.

The program (see below) included this Bible verse,  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” Psalm 23:6.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2516
Hemet CA 92546-2516

Or, for more, call 951-765-2372, or email the society at

Erma Phillips Memorial Service Brochure-1

Erma Phillips Memorial Service Brochure Erma J. Phillips.

Doane spies 2015 Corvette and snaps picture

September 23, 2013 Blog, Media, National, Photo Comments
Spy photos

According to AutoWeek, spy photos captured by Chris Doane of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette give us a hint at what to expect when the sports car is released next year.

“From the look of it, the next Z06, which some sources suggest may be called the Z07, will be even meaner looking than the base Stingray. Despite the heavy black camouflage wrapper at the front and rear of the car, it looks like the front fascia is getting reworked — and covering up the new vent just ahead of the rear wheel well would have defeated its purpose, so we get a good look at it.”

Sneak preview of 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06. Photo Chris Doane.

Photographer Chris Doane shared this photo and more which can be seen on the original AutoWeek post found here: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spied.

Flowers, family, cocktails and cousins: Dorothy Doan Baker’s 101st birthday celebration

September 2, 2013 Blog, Celebrities, Events, National Comments
Birthday candles

Dorothy Doan Baker’s son, Jack Baker, snapped some pictures of Dorothy enjoying her 101st birthday including flowers sent by the National Association.

Jack Baker writes,

“Dorothy loved the flowers and the recognition from all her Doan Family Cousins and family.

“Here, Dorothy has dressed for cocktails to be followed by a birthday dinner and then….. we’ll have to see if she wants to party all night. Thank you all. Jack Baker”

Dorothy Doan Baker on 101st birthday

Dorothy dressed for cocktails and ready to celebrate her 101st birthday.

Dorothy Doan Baker 101st birthday flowers

Dorothy Doan Baker admiring flowers sent by her Doan(e) cousins

Well, Jack. How late did your mom stay up to celebrate her 101st birthday?

Happy 101st Birthday Dorothy Doan Baker

September 1, 2013 Celebrities, National Comments

There are significant factors that research suggests lead to longevity. According to A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock, heredity, family history, health, weight, diet, not smoking, exercise, education level, personality and lifestyle play major parts in living a long life in the United States.

On the other side of the globe, the Japanese attribute a diet that is heavy on grains, fish, vegetables while being light on meat, eggs, and dairy products contribute to long life.

In any region, a low-stress lifestyle, a caring community, where older adults are not isolated, and a high level of activity like walking and gardening contributes to leading longer lives.

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker

Dorothy Doan Baker celebrates her 101st birthday.

As a member of the Doane Family Association, Dorothy Doan Baker has experienced the extended Doane caring community and today, she celebrates her 101st birthday. Last year, reaching 100 was a major milestone, and 101 is worth another festive celebration.

There is a comment section below for you to share your birthday wishes and ask Dorothy what she attributes her centenarian “plus one” status.

Happy Birthday, Dorothy!

Spotted in a Doane home: vintage toilet seat cover

August 31, 2013 Blog, Local Comments

Incredibly someone bought this toilet seat cover. The more astounding fact is that someone actually conceived it and put it into production.

This vintage piece of bathroom history features a poor fellow who looks much like an R. Crumb illustration, but upon deeper inspection it is likely Mr. Toilet Man is just a flattering imitation.

That, however, is just the beginning of his deep issues.

Once the toilet lid is lifted – in the open position, serious issues of the man sitting in the can come to light.

Instructions are given to clarify the upcoming situation for anyone about to settle in. The observant participant reads (punctation added for clarity:

“Don’t throw butts in this toilet. It makes them soggy and hard to light.”

toilet seat cover

Toilet seat cover in open position

“Gentlemen, stand close. it may be shorter than you think.”

“Ladies, please remain seated during the entire performance.”

It is reminiscent of the sort of article you would find in the guest bath right off the garage, or the restroom at the opposite end of a dark, dank basement.

The article is actually in good condition and could be useful again in a home, today.

If you think that should be your home, it is available at the Estate Store in Portland, Oreg.

Find it here: R. Crumb by your Bum.

Agriculture conference addresses uncertainty

August 28, 2013 National Comments
St. Louis

Doane’s have been involved in agriculture since the Pilgrims established gardens in the Colonies. Today, Doane Advisory Services announced its 29th Agriculture Outlook Conference to be held October 2013 in St. Louis, Mo.

The conference features a seasoned team of Doane economists, industry experts and consultants to address the uncertainties of  today’s agricultural market.

“The conference theme, ‘Agriculture – Navigating the Uncertainty’ will provide a valuable picture of the expectation for agriculture,” Shane Jones, Doane’s general manager, said in an advisory release. “Anyone that is impacted by the agriculture segment will benefit from attending. We will have representatives from agribusiness, financial firms, food processors, and restaurant chains.”

Speakers are slated to cover major food industry trends, agricultural policies, macroeconomics, and will feature crop consultants. Ample opportunities for networking  and engaging discussions are promised.

Doane Advisory is an agricultural economics firm with expertise in market analysis, commodity price outlook, risk management, and economic analysis, according to the release and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vance Publishing Corp.

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Doane Agriculture Outlook Conference

Doane 2013 Agriculture Outlook Conference, St. Louis, Mo.

Doane College Harlem Shake, it was bound to happen, right?

August 27, 2013 Media, Video Comments
doane college harlem shake

According to the post on YouTube Courtney Hedgpeth, a student at Doane College comments, “That is the president of our college that started it…”

All we can say is, “Go, Jacque Carter!”


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