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In Memory: Dorothy Stowe

Dorothy Stowe. Photo courtesy of TV5Monde.

Social worker and Greenpeace co-founder Dorothy Stowe died on Friday at age 89, according to this article in the Vancouver Sun.

When the United States in 1970 announced it would do nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska Dorothy and husband Irving teamed up with couple Jim and Marie Bohlen to form an environmental protest group. That group, the Don’t Make a Wave committee, became Greenpeace.

Stowe was born Dorothy Anne Rabinowitz. She graduated from Pembroke, a women’s college at Brown University, and became a psychiatric social worker before getting involved in environmental activism.

She and her husband were Quakers and adopted the name Stowe in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Quaker abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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