Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Dorothea (Dottie) Hazard, a former teacher in the Westport school system, died March 17.
A Weston resident for 47 years, she taught in the Westport Hillspoint and Greens Farms Elementary schools.
She grew up in southern California and graduated from the University of Redlands. There she met a fellow student from New Jersey and future husband, Richard (Dick) Hazard, a budding, and eventually career chemical engineer for Texaco.
He brought her back East where they lived together for 55 years until his death in 1998.
She will be remembered as a kind and always patient teacher who filled her classroom with enthusiasm and contagious optimism, always striving to help students to learn and stretch their abilities, her family said.
Her love of outdoors was evidenced in her constant bringing of science to the classroom (her favorite subject). Her creative artistic skills and love of music through piano playing were shared with her students and continued to be enjoyed as an important part of her life.
Some of her passions included tennis, golf, gardening and travel. She continued to play both tennis and golf until the age of 90, a goal of which she was extremely proud.
She was as active member of PEO, the Westport Historical Society, the Gardening Club and the church choir and educational program.
She is survived by her children, Rick Hazard, Carolyn Warner Gropper and Donald Hazard. In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport/Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations are requested to be sent to Parkinson’s Disease Research, Columbia University Medical Center, Attention Matt Reals, Office of Development, 100 Haven Avenue, Suite 29D, New York, NY 10032.
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