Oct. 4, 1926 – Feb. 21, 2019
Dorothy M. Coughlin, of Batavia, who taught in Elba Central School for 35 years, died Feb. 21 in Highland Hospital, Rochester. She was 92.
Born in Batavia, one of three girls, she was an honor graduate of D’Youville College and earned master’s degrees from Canisius College and Buffalo State Teachers College. She also trained in reading programs from the University of Chicago and Brockport State Teachers College.
A teacher of English, drama, speech and reading, Ms. Coughlin retired as head of the English Department of Elba Central School with a specialty in reading improvement.
She then became the first staff development coordinator for Genesee-Wyoming BOCES, organizing programs for professional staff training in school districts for two years.
She went on to serve for 12 years as a part-time reference librarian at Genesee Community College and for five years as a reference librarian at Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia.
She was an active volunteer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Batavia, RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), the Genesee County Office of the Aging and the Muriel H. Marshall Fund. She also was a hospice volunteer. Batavia officials awarded her a key to the city.
She enjoyed gardening, reading and cooking, often hosting large dinners in her home. Stranded at the State Police barracks in Batavia during the blizzard of 1977, she cooked for the troopers, using the groceries she had just purchased.
A resident in recent years of Manor House, an assisted living facility in Batavia, she was featured in its advertising and on a billboard campaign.
A traveler, she visited many of the 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Europe, North Africa and the Holy Land.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be offered at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Resurrection Parish of St. Joseph’s Church, 303 E. Main St., Batavia.