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Dorothy Carroll Lenk '44, Quaker activist and former teacher, dies

Dorothy Carroll Lenk, 89, Quaker activist and former college teacher
by Walter F. Naedele
March 29, 2012

Dorothy Carroll Lenk, 89, a Quaker activist and former college teacher, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, March 24, at her home in Birmingham Township, Chester County, where she had lived for 63 years.

Ms. Carroll, who used her maiden name, was cochair with Pearl Hicks of the Human Relations Council of Greater West Chester from 1997 to 2000, a council spokeswoman said.

For 22 years, she was the editor of Older and Bolder, a journal for counselors, her daughter, Larhken Carroll, said.

Born in Nyack, N.Y., Ms. Carroll earned a bachelor's degree in history at Barnard College.

After teaching fourth grade at Unionville Elementary School, she earned a master's degree at the University of Delaware and a doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania.

She taught remedial reading at what is now Arcadia University and at what is now West Chester University, her daughter said.

After retiring, she taught workshops in counseling, was a founding member and advisory board chairperson for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation and a board member of the Sankofa Academy Charter School in West Chester.

In the 1960s, her daughter said, Ms. Carroll picketed to help integrate financial institutions in parts of Chester County.

Ms. Carroll was the clerk and a First Day teacher at the Birmingham Friends Meeting, a member of its Peace and Social Concerns committee and led its workshop, Whites Working to End Racism, not only there but at four national conferences of Quaker agencies in the 1980s and 1990s.

She was a member of the West Chester branch of the NAACP, which gave her its Affirming America's Promise award in November 2011, her daughter said.

And she was an executive committee member of the Chester County Democratic Party and a committee member of its Birmingham Township operation.

Besides her daughter Larhken, Ms. Carroll is survived by sons Walter, Gabrell, Edward, and Charles, and two sisters. Her husband, Carl Lenk, died in 1976.

A visitation was set from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 1245 Birmingham Rd. There is to be no public service.


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