Dorothy D. Quimby

Apr 13, 2021
Dorothy Quimby

Unity — Dorothy Dunlap (Webb) "Dot" Quimby, age 91, finished the final chapter of her life well lived April 5, 2021, at Woodlands Senior Living in Waterville. Dot was born  Sept. 1, 1929, in Portland to Philip Raymond and Genevieve (Dunlap) Webb.

She and her family moved to Ocean Park in 1937, where Dot attended Old Orchard Beach High School and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1947. She went on to graduate cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College, and served as class secretary from 1953 until her death. After college, she and some of her classmates travelled through Europe for a few months.

When she returned home, she married her college sweetheart, Lawrence H. Quimby. They lived in Newcastle with their first son Peter, while Larry taught at Lincoln Academy. In 1956, they moved to Unity, where they welcomed their second son, Richard. Larry taught at Unity High School and eventually at Mount View High School. Mr. Quimby passed away in 1989.

Dot received her master’s in library science from the University of Maine in 1967. She served as Unity College’s first librarian from 1965 to her retirement in 2001 as professor emeritus. The proudest moment in her career was when the library at Unity College was named the “Dorothy Webb Quimby Library” in her honor. Dot was a faculty adviser to hundreds of Unity students over her career and became known affectionately as the “Mother of the Alumni.” She edited the college alumni newsletter for many years as her way to keep in touch with “her kids,” and she always enjoyed handing out seedling trees to graduates.

Dot was very active in community affairs. Over the years she served as town treasurer, on the Unity Budget Committee, as chairman of the Unity Scholarship Committee, as an active member of the Unity Historical Society, and a member of Unity United Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. Dot served on the Board of Future RSU 3. She also enjoyed being a part of the “The Noel Club,” “The Walkie Talkies,” “The Unity College Old Retireds,” “The Breakfast Bunch” and the Unity United Church’s Methodist Women’s Group.

Dot is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Peter L. and Pegi (Langeluttig) Quimby of Unity; her son Richard W. Quimby of Montville; and her sister Marilyn Marshall (Webb) Mayhew of Orrville, Ohio. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Michael Rumney of Knox and Aurora Rumney of Belfast; Kaitlin and her husband, Zachary St Jean, of Sabattus; Samantha Quimby and her partner, Steven Clark, of Dixmont; and Elizabeth Quimby of Biddeford; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Eliana, Olivia, Charlotte, Madison, Michael, Morganne and Atlas. She is also survived by her nephew, George Philip Mayhew, of Orrville, Ohio; and two nieces, Dana (Mayhew) Garner of Simpsonville, Ky., and Jennifer (Mayhew) Carlson of Parker, Colo.

Dot’s family wishes to thank the staff at Woodlands Senior Living and especially the nurses from Maine General Hospice in Waterville for giving Mom “The best care she has ever had.”

Visiting hours will be Saturday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Star In The West Masonic Hall, 327 Main St., Unity. A celebration of Dot’s life will begin at 4 p.m., with Pastor Don Banton officiating. Face masks will be required, and hand sanitizer will be available.

At Dot’s request, her burial service will be private. Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Unity United Church, Depot Street, Unity, in Dot’s memory. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: CAPT ALBERT STEVENS | Apr 14, 2021 17:32

Dot Quimby was a tremendous influence on students, faculty and staff at Unity College as well as so many in the Unity Community.  Thank you, Dot.  Rest in peace.

 



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