Obituary for Dorothy Beetle-Pillmore
Dorothy Erna Beetle-Pillmore, born November 19, 1918 in Jersey City, NJ, passed away on March 13, 2005 in Fort Collins, CO. Dorothy grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ, the oldest of six children born to Mamie and William Schoof. In her early years, she developed a lasting interest in natural history and astronomy, participating in a junior astronomy club at the American Museum of Natural History.She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paleontology at the University of California in Berkeley, where she married Alan Beetle, PhD. In 1940, they moved to Davis, California, the birth place of their children, Howie and Karen. They moved to Laramie, Wyoming in 1946, where Dorothy completed her Masters Degree in Botany.During her lifetime, Dorothy developed a scientifically valuable collection of land and fresh water snails which she later donated to the Field Museum in Chicago. Following a divorce in 1963, Dorothy took a job in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Children's Nature Museum, where she became the director of the planetarium. Subsequently, she directed planetariums in Newport News, Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio and Columbus, Georgia, retiring in1984. Following her retirement, she moved to Colorado where she volunteered in the mollusk collection at the University of Colorado.In 1986, Dorothy remarried to Richard Pillmore, a retired research biologist and bird carver that she had met at a scientific convention in 1957. Their original shared interest in snails expanded over the years to include participation in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games in swimming, attending Elderhostel's all over the United States, traveling, chasing total eclipses, camping, and snow showing. She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Kline of Pavillion, WY, two grandsons, David and Garrett, sister, Helen Borgeson and four brothers, Howard, Richard, David and Robert Schoof.Over the years, Dorothy had remained an active member in several astronomical societies, and was voted a lifetime member of the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. She has been a member of Sigma XI, an honorary scientific society, since 1948. She had belonged to the American Association of Variable Star Observers, the Royal Astronomical Association of Canada, the Conchological Society of America and the American Malacological Society, where she was a newsletter editor for ten years. She had been a long time member of the Unitarian Church.A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 1005 at the Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Avenue, off Drake Road. A reception in Dorothy's memory will follow the service.