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Dr. Doris Anne "Dodie" Younger
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Dr. Doris Anne “Dodie” Younger
(June 30, 1924 - December 25, 2017)
Dr. Doris Anne Younger, an ecumenical church leader and educator, died peacefully
on Christmas Day in Livingston, NJ. Dr. Younger, known as Dodie, was 93.
From 1983-89, Dodie served as General Director of Church Women United
(“CWU”), a national ecumenical organization. While at CWU, she was active in
shaping the role of women in the church around the world. In the late 1980s, she was
arrested while praying for peace in Central America at the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Of
her role at CWU, she stated, “We must be advocates for women who are hurting by
building bridges of community and trust across barriers of age, class, marital status,
theological position, educational level, employment, race and culture.”
From 1976-83, Dodie was Executive Director of American Baptist Women. About
that position she wrote that, “It was my commitment to working for justice and my
sense that it was God’s call…that gave me the courage to become an advocate for the
place of laywoman in the church, and the emerging role of women as pastors.”
Following her retirement, Dodie served as a Trustee of the New York Theological
Seminary. During this period she also served as Interim Director for the Commission
on Ministry of the American Baptist Churches and as a Trustee of the Senior Friends
of the World Student Christian Federation.
While living at Winchester Gardens in Maplewood, NJ, Dodie was active with the
Residents Association and was Founding Editor of the Winchester Gardens
Community Chronicle.
Earlier in her career, Dodie taught at Kennedy-King College in Chicago and was a
founding faculty member at the Women’s Talent Corps in Manhattan, now the
Metropolitan College of New York. The focus of her teaching was on training lowincome,
inner-city women so they could find employment in various fields.
Dodie was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S.), Yale Divinity School
(M.Div.) and NY Theological Seminary (D.Min.). She received the distinguished
graduate award from Yale Divinity School, the Valiant Woman Award from CWU,
the Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award from American Baptist Churches USA, and
the Sower Award from NYTS.
Born in Allentown, PA, Dodie’s parents were the Rev. W. Chester Hill, a Lutheran
pastor, and his wife Esther. She was married for 52 years to the late Rev. Dr. George
D. Younger, whom she met while they were both students at Yale Divinity School.
They were married at the School’s chapel in 1949.
Beginning in 1957, Dodie and George spent their summers in Sorrento, ME.
She is survived by her sister, Christine Killough of Chestnut Hill, PA; her children,
Judith Laspesa of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, Dana Younger (Elizabeth) of Takoma
Park, MD, Stephen Younger (Prudence) of New York, NY, and Samuel Younger
(Liz) of Westfield, NJ; ten grandchildren, Stephen, Suzanne, Millicent, Willard,
Matthew, Patrick, Coleman, Timothy, Paul, and Emery; and three greatgrandchildren,
Morgan, Trevor, and Frank.
A memorial service is scheduled at the Glen Ridge, NJ Congregational Church for
11:00 a.m. on Saturday January 20, 2018. The family requests that any memorial gifts
be directed to: The George and Dodie Younger Scholarship Fund at New York
Theological Seminary; or The Employee Scholarship at Winchester Gardens.


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