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Title Oral History of Dorothy Killion
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, California native and longtime Mill Valley resident Dorothy Killion recounts with laughter and depth some of her wide-ranging life experiences, along with her memories of the wilder, less developed Mill Valley of the mid-20th century. Born in Oakland, California in 1920, Dorothy grew up in the East Bay and completed a degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1941, the year of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Subsequent involvement of the United States in World War II opened up the job market for women and altered the trajectory of Dorothy's professional life, which took her to places as far apart as the nation's capital and the San Francisco waterfront. As a resident of Mill Valley from the 1950s onward, Dorothy became a founding board member of the Mill Valley Historical Society and the Lucretia Little History Room. Dorothy's time raising her family in Mill Valley brought her closer to nature, and she spent much time outdoors developing a keen sense of the landscape beyond the official city limits. Dorothy recalls the construction of Highway 101, the gradual development of what became Enchanted Knolls and Shelter Hill, changing businesses, and famous family homes. Dorothy also fondly discusses her children, Paul, Tom (a famous local artist and woodblock printer) and Ann.
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Dates of Creation 2011-10-15
Narrator's name Killion, Dorothy
Interviewer Murray, Joan
Extent and Medium Transcript: 18pp
Recording: 01:11:04
Search Terms Alpine Club
Bastian, Beverly
Boyle Park
Chief Marin
Dipsea Race
Dreyfus, Helen
Dreyfus, Peter
Enchanted Knolls
Eucalyptus Knolls
Goerke, Betty
Hanson, Lucretia
Hein, Herman
Killion, Leo
Killion, Tom
Klyce, Carrie
Klyce, Harvey
McNamara, Bob
McNamara, Katie
Newsom, Sam
Shelter Ridge
Terwilliger, Elizabeth
World War II
Object ID 2016.064.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2011. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.