Dorothy Zwoyer
Dorothy Zwoyer, born Feb. 24, 1926, died June 7, 2010. Born Dorothy Lucille Seward in Springer, she lived on the Seward family ranch in Chico until she left to attend college.
While attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Dorothy was a member of Phrateres, an independent sorority. She was also a member of the student senate during her junior year.
She met her future husband, Eugene Zwoyer, while attending college and they were married Feb. 23, 1946. After college, they lived in Albuquerque from 1948 through 1971 where they raised their three sons: Gregory, Jeffrey and Douglas.
For most of the past 60 years, Dorothy had been active in many civic and charitable organizations, giving generously of her time for committee work, usually serving as an officer and in many cases as president. While she lived in Albuquerque, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she co-founded Albuquerque’s first Meals on Wheels program. She was an officer in the Albuquerque Chapter of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers Wives Club, the Albuquerque Junior Chamber of Commerce Wives Club, and the Albuquerque Cosmopolitan Club. As a member of the Albuquerque All Faiths Home Auxiliary, she helped care for orphaned or abandoned children. As a volunteer of the Albuquerque Speech and Hearing Clinic, Dorothy helped in the teaching of hearing-impaired children to speak. She was very active in the Alvarado Parents Club, and for many years, appeared in the “Alvarado Follies” which raised money for the elementary school attended by her three children.
Business then took them to New York City where her husband served as executive director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers and where they lived from 1972 to 1984. Headquarters of the American Society of Civil Engineers received many delegations of visiting civil engineers from throughout the United States and abroad and Dorothy graciously entertained many of these delegations in her home. She also traveled extensively during this period in connection with her husband’s business trips and served as International Ambassador for People-to-People International on trips to more than 50 countries around the world.
Dorothy has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville) since 1984, remaining active in civic and charitable organizations. She served as president of Femineers of Northern California which raised scholarship funds for civil engineering students of the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and San Francisco State University. She also was an active member of The Arlington Women’s Club. For the last several years she was a member of the Berkeley Clinic Auxiliary and its Turnabout Thrift Shop which raised money for orthodontal treatment of needy children, battered women, etc. She served as its president and dedicated thousands of hours to management of the shop and service on its board of directors. She was also a volunteer for Tele-Care at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley where she kept in touch by phone with the elderly infirm.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, Dorothy is survived by three sons: Gregory Zwoyer of Cedar Crest, Dr. Jeffrey Zwoyer of Laguna Niguel, Calif. and Douglas Zwoyer of Woodland Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Kenneth Seward of Chico and Jerry Seward of Raton; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Private services have been held.


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