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Dorothy Newman (aka Dorothy Glass), 92, passed away on December 12, 2023, with MAID – medical assistance in dying.   A long-time supporter of Dying with Dignity, Canada, Dorothy was a fierce believer in her right to die on her own terms.  

A life-long advocate for women’s rights, Dorothy understood education in the broadest possible terms.  At different times in her life, she was a teacher and administrator in the Campbell River school system, one of B.C.’s first female School Superintendents, a Director for the Department of Education in Victoria, and a consultant (in Bhutan) helping revamp the Bhutanese public education system. 

Dorothy was a good and wise listener and a mentor and role model for those whose lives she touched. Friends, family, and colleagues often sought her advice, counsel, and support. Her spirit lives on in her son and daughter, Robert (Bob) and Carol, her grandchildren, Rob and Alita, and the hundreds of people she touched during her long career in education. 

Mom — We have each other and the memories of your love to share and remember. Know that we will always love you and carry you in our hearts. 


  • Deane Hutchinson
    Posted July 8, 2024 at 10:28 pm

    Dorothy was a loyal, kind, egalitarian, commonsensible, forthright, reasonable and self-directed person. We need many, many more people like her.

  • Hilary Spicer
    Posted July 9, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    My first few years as a new teacher were amazing because of the consistent mentoring and positive support you offered me every day, Dorothy. You door was always open, you always answered my phone calls, even at ungodly hours and your advice and suggestions, major ingredients in my growth both as a person and as a teacher. You shared your creative energy and your compassionate spirit combined with a constant pragmatism which contributed to students and colleagues alike as we worked to create a unique learning environment. I miss our phone calls.

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