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									   OBITUARIES                                                                                                                      Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, October 3, 2012   8

Doty Hale
Teacher, library director, book-lover
   Doty Hale, a longtime Claremonter,                                                  novel—one she was certain Dr. Hale          herself in the world of kids books and
died August 27, 2012 at Pomona Valley                                                  had never heard: “Defenestrating!” The      children’s literacy. She continued to
Hospital Medical Center. She was 73.                                                   word, incidentally, means throwing a        teach and direct the Stone Library until
   Ms. Hale was born on October 16,                                                    person or thing out of a window.            her retirement in the mid-‘90s. She
1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Edward                                                        Ms. Hale was chagrined when her          served as a mentor for many students
and Vera Doherty. When she was 3, the                                                  husband used his grasp of Latin and         and helped edit many academic papers,
family moved to Buford, Georgia,                                                       Greek to decode the word. Almost.           particularly those taking children’s lit-
where she was raised.                                                                  “De-windowing!” he answered. “I’ll          erature as their subject.
   In a 1987 Los Angeles Times profile                                                 give you half a point,” Ms. Hale reluc-        “She so loved language and teaching
highlighting her work at Claremont                                                     tantly conceded.                            and learning,” her daughter Celia re-
Graduate School’s George C. Stone                                                         Ms. Hale was not only bookish. She       called. “She often said that she felt in
Children’s Book Center, Ms. Hale                                                       was also a keen traveler, heading to Eu-    some ways teaching was an unequal re-
talked about growing up in a southern                                                  rope at least a dozen times and trekking    lationship. She felt she got more from
town in the ‘50s.                                                                      through the Middle East, Russia, the far    the students than she ever gave to
   Life there revolved around churches,                                                east, Africa, Australia and South Amer-     them.”
and hers was not a big churchgoing                                                     ica. She prided herself on having seen         In her final years, Ms. Hale faced
family. Athletics and music were also                                                  firsthand exotic locales like Easter Is-    some significant health struggles.
central local preoccupations, “And I                                                   land and the Galapagos Islands, and on      Nonetheless, she continued to read pas-
wasn’t much good at those, either,” Ms.                                                having been to every continent except       sionately, particularly her beloved mys-
Hale said.                                                                             Antarctica. She had a special affection     teries, and remained a lively
   One day, when Ms. Hale was 6, she            After he graduated in 1963, the        for the city of London.                     conversationalist.
stumbled on another outlet. She was          Hales spent the next 4 years leading a       Though she was a busy working               “My mother was always full of life,”
poring over a Bible alphabet book on         peripatetic lifestyle, following Dr.      mother, Ms. Hale also found time to en-     her daughter Celia said. “My sister and
the back porch of her house on Mareno        Hale’s internships and residency as-      gage in local politics, participating in    I realized you could always find her.
Street when she realized with a thrill of    signments to Salt Lake City, Tulare,      the League of Women Voters, champi-         You just had to wait a moment, and you
“sheer excitement” that she could make       Baltimore, Downey and Pasadena.           oning women’s rights and lending her        would hear her laughing.”
sense of the words. In between Satur-           “I was young enough to enjoy that      support to the mayoral campaign of             With her lifelong vitality in mind, her
day night football and basketball games      kind of life,” Ms. Hale told the Times,   Judy Wright.                                children decided not to hold a funeral
and summer days spent hanging around         adding that she spent the time “having       She also found time to read prolifi-     service, instead planning a celebration
at the town pool, she developed into a       babies and getting ready to move          cally, and passed on her love of books to   in October near what would have been
serious reader.                              again.”                                   her children. “We’re all big readers.       her 74th birthday.
   After graduating as valedictorian            In 1969, Ms. Hale completed her dis-   There were books everywhere while we           Ms. Hale is survived by her daugh-
from Buford High School in 1956, Ms.         sertation on British novelist Arnold      were growing up,” her son Ned said.         ters and sons-in-law, Celia and Frits
Hale enrolled at Emory University in         Bennett and the Hales moved to Clare-        More books were added to the equa-       Paerels and Eileen Hale and Nick Mo-
Atlanta, some 35 miles southwest of          mont with their daughters Celia and       tion when, in 1987, the position of di-     rosoff; by her son and daughter-in-law,
her hometown. It was there that she fell     Eileen and son Ned in tow. She was to     rector for the Stone Library at CGU         Ned and Tierney Hale, and by 7 grand-
in love with Bill Hale who, as she           live in the same house on Seventh         opened up. Malcolm Douglass, then           children.
shared in the Times profile, “sat behind     Street for the next 42 years.             chairman of the Stone Library Com-             A celebration of her life will be held
me in Bible class and kept murmuring            Dr. Hale began practicing orthopedic   mittee and a professor of education at      Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to
blasphemous things.”                         surgery in Pomona while Ms. Hale          CGU, immediately thought of his             noon at her home at 248 W. 7th St. in
   In 1960, the year before graduating       taught as an English professor at Cal     book-loving colleague.                      Claremont. Anyone who wishes to at-
from Emory, Ms. Hale didn’t know             State Los Angeles and as a professor of      Ms. Hale, who had separated from         tend is welcome.
what she wanted to do next, but she          education at Claremont Graduate Uni-      her husband 3 years prior, took the job,                          —Sarah Torribio
was adamant about what she didn’t            versity.                                  welcoming the opportunity to immerse     
want to do. She “didn’t want to be mar-         Theirs was an exceptionally aca-
ried, didn’t want to work and didn’t         demic household, Ms. Hale’s daughter
want to go to grad school.” Within 6         Celia shared. Sometimes her mother
months of graduation, she had em-            would challenge her father to a vocab-
barked on all 3 adventures.                  ulary game, with each trying to one-up
   Having married Mr. Hale, she              the other’s knowledge of the English
worked as a recorder for a psychiatrist’s    language.
group therapy sessions while pursing a          On one occasion, she recalls her
PhD in English at Emory, where her           mother throwing down the gauntlet with
husband was a medical student.               a word she had gleaned from a mystery

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