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Penn State York Celebrates the Life of Carol Dorworth May 3

Carol Dorworth kayaking
4/26/2007 —

A celebration of life ceremony is set for Thursday, May 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. to honor the life and contributions of Carol Dorworth, late faculty member in the Biology Department at Penn State York. The ceremony is open to the public and will take place in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus. Members of the campus community, including students, faculty, and staff, will take part in remembering their colleague, teacher, and friend beginning at 6:15 p.m. Dorworth’s family, in British Columbia, is unable to attend but have provided the text for the celebration of life program. Her brother Charles Dorworth wrote, “Gloria and I will sit together at the waterfall where Carol is at rest at the time of the memorial service, and possibly send a spirit if hope and kinship for the occasion.”

Dorworth died on Nov. 12, 2006, after a prolonged illness. During her 14 year career at the campus, she taught a variety of science courses in York and Lancaster including environmental science, introductory biology, and genetics. A dedicated environmentalist, she actively worked with students to plant saplings and flowers throughout the campus. “Carol had a passion for her subject which communicated itself to the many students whose lives she touched. She was a tireless advocate for the campus’ greenhouse project and played a key role in making the greenhouse a reality,’ said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at Penn State York. “She is sorely missed.”

Dorworth received a Professional Development Grant from the former Commonwealth College in the spring 2005 semester to attend a Geographic Information System (GIS) training workshop in Costa Rica, held in summer of 2005. This workshop was a part of her vision to introduce GIS hand-held technology into some of the courses that she taught, a vision cut short by her untimely death.

She held a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries science from Louisiana State University; a master of science in natural resources from Cornell University, and a bachelor of science in biology from Penn State.

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