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Extension bids farewell to Dale Dorman

The UGA Extension family is saddened at the passing of Dale Yarbrough Dorman, retired housing specialist and former Bibb County agent. Dale, 68, passed away Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Hospice House in Athens.

A native of Thomasville, Ga., she graduated from Central High School in 1961. Dale graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1965 with a B.S. in education (with a major in home economics) and in 1979 with a master's degree.

From 1965-1969, Dale worked as a home economist for Georgia Power Company in Manchester, Ga. She had also been an interior designer with Adams Construction Company and an interior decorator for House of Rossoff, both in Bristol, Tenn.

She began her career with Extension in 1974 in Bibb County as the county agent. In 1982, she moved to Athens and began her career as the Extension housing specialist. She retired in 1997.

"Dale was a dedicated professional who supported the Cooperative Extension mission and goals wholeheartedly. She was a most intelligent, creative and inquisitive person and I admired her commitment to researching and constant learning. I am glad we spent years of our careers together," said Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress of her friend and colleague.

Former Bibb County 4-H Mom, Cynthia Alexander said this of Dale… "If everyone could be like Dale Dorman the world would be a better place. I cannot express enough how much I thought of her. She was a great inspiration to those that knew her. I am so sorry to the family for her loss. Please know I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers. (Everyone down at the Extension and 4-H office knew my children (the Gresham children). She was very kind to my children."

Over her career, Dale won numerous accolades including the State Staff Achievement Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi (1992), State Staff Professional of the Year Award from GAEHE (1985), Georgia Extension Service Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Response to an Emergency (1985), Distinguished Service Award from GAEHE (1982) and Outstanding Communicator Award for Television Program Host, GAEHE (1981). She was a member of numerous professional organizations and clubs including Epsilon Sigma Phi (Alpha Beta Chapter) and the Ga. Association of Extension Home Economists.

Her interests and hobbies, in addition to interior decorating, included clothing construction and design, gardening, golf, tennis and do-it-yourself home projects.

Dale is survived by her sister, Kay Browning, of Madison, Fl., one niece, Kim Whigham (Alan), two great-nephews, Ben Taylor Whigham and Jonathan Whigham of Madison, Fl., several cousins, aunts, and a wonderful network of friends in Athens and all over the state.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Kay Browning, P.O. Box 148, Madison, Fl., 32341. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in contributions to The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, P.O. Box 48857, Athens, Ga., 30604, Athens Area Human Society, 1781 Mars Hill Rd, Watkinsville, Ga., 30677, or Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1261, Athens, Ga., 30603.

Released January 2012.

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