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Dorothy Anne (Dice) Foster was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 7, 1929, to Lee R. and Dora S. (Lemon) Dice. She passed away on July 19, 2017, at the age of 88. Dorothy attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received her bachelors and masters degrees in 1950. She completed a dual PhD in psychology and zoology in 1957 at the University of Michigan.
Dorothy and her family moved to Norman, Oklahoma, in 1960. She began working at the University of Oklahoma counseling center in 1962, eventually becoming director in 1972. While at OU, she established the Number Nyne Crisis Hotline - a suicide and crisis intervention hotline that was answered 24 hours a day. Dorothy was very involved in the student community providing Resident Advisor training, outreach programs, and marital counseling to students and staff. An accomplished knitter, she was also known to knit a winter scarf and hat for the Bizzell Statue. Dorothy retired in December 1987 after 25 years at the university.
Dorothy, lovingly known as Grammy, will be remembered for her love of learning and encouraging her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams through education. She also taught the importance of caring for nature, acceptance of others, and enjoyment of music. She was always available to listen and offer guidance for any situation big or small. Dorothy was a role model, a mentor and friend to many. Her legacy lives on in the lives she touched, the communities she served, and the family she loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lee R. and Dora S. Dice and her sister Betty Dice. She is survived by her brother John Dice of Brunswick, Maine; her children: Tom Foster of Woodland Hills, California; Paul Foster of College Station, Texas; Kate Parrish of Norman, Oklahoma; Larry Foster of Purcell, Oklahoma; 15 grand-children: Brian Foster of Hawaii; Tony Foster, Valaria Bautista, Melinda Foster of California; John Foster and Paul Foster of Washington; Amy Munoz, Jennifer Benitez, Alexandria Foster of Texas; Philip Parrish of Missouri; Cheryl West, Nicole Parrish, Colleen Parrish, Joshua Foster, and Hannah Foster of Oklahoma; and 13 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church in Norman and also the Norman Friends Meeting.
Donations in her honor can be sent to the American Friends Service Committee (www.afsc.org), the Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org/oklahoma), or another worthwhile organization of your choosing.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held on September 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Norman. Digital condolences may be sent to: dafostermemorial@gmail.com
Published on July 25, 2017
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