Dorothy Headley, 1914–2009

Tuesday August 18, 2009 - 01:18:00 PM
Dorothy Headley.
Dorothy Headley.

Dorothy Headley died at age 95 on July 28, 2009 after a short illness.  

She was born July 8, 1914 in Green Bay, Virginia. She attended Antioch College, Ohio, married Robert A. Muller, and lived in Detroit where she worked for the League of Women Voters, and as an interviewer for the Survey Research Center, Ann Arbor. After finishing an MSW at University of Michigan, she worked for McLean Hospital (psychiatric) in Belmont, MA. 

In 1970 she married Robert S. Headley, an Antioch graduate, and they lived in Lafayette for 19 years, hiked and camped with the Contra Costa Hills Club, and supported progressive organizations and candidates. She traveled with Elders for Survival to Nicaragua in 1984 and 1985 to help the Sandinistas pick the coffee crop. She and Bob were members of Neighbor to 

Neighbor, an organization that kept night watch for African Americans buying homes in Bay Area towns where they met some resistance. An active Green Party member, she never missed an election. Recently she bought 41 copies of 

Lester R. Brown's updated book on combating global warming, PLAN B 3.0, to distribute to those who might convince legislators to work for change. 

She is survived by her daughters Gretchen Muller, and Kris Muller (and her husband Wilbur Hoff), nephews and their families, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be a celebration of her life at Strawberry Creek Lodge, at 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, Sunday August 30, 2009, at 2pm. 

A memorial donation might be made to the Berkeley Daily Planet, KPFA, Western States Legal Foundation, or to an organization of your choice.