Anita Wilkes Dore
Published 5:42 pm, Friday, December 3, 2010
Anita Wilkes Dore, 95, a longtime Westport resident, who taught reading and English in the New York City public schools and was an editor of three anthologies of poetry and prose, died Nov. 6, 2010, in Silver Springs, Md.
A native of New York City, Ms. Dore graduated from Vassar College in 1935 where she received the Elizabeth Dana prize in English in 1934, and earned a Masters of Arts in English from Columbia University in 1937.
She began her career as a high school English teacher during the Depression, then served as chairwoman of English in a Bronx junior high school, before joining the senior staff of the Board of Education. There, she served first as the coordinator of English in the junior high school division, then as assistant director of English and reading and, from 1973-1983 as director of English. She also served as a consultant to the Young Playwrights Dramatists Guild of New York City from 1983-1987, and as vice president of the New York State English Council, 1970-75. She was also a member of the National Council Teachers English Literature Association Commission.
She was also the editor of "The Premier Book of Major Poets" (1970), "The Emerging Woman" (1974) and the co-editor of "Distrust of Authority" (1981).
She was president of the Board of Directors of the Settlement House, Brooklyn (1951-1953); a member of the education committee of the National Organization of Women, New York City chapter, from 1972-1975, and chairwoman of Child Study Children's Book Committee Bank St. College from 1983-1998.
In Westport, Ms. Dore served as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Westport Arts Center, 1983-1993; a trustee of the Westport Library, 1985-1992, and as a member of the Committee of Young Poets and Playwrights of the Westport Arts Center.
Her husband, Robert, whom she married in 1938, died in 1987.
Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Dore Allen, of Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth Dore, of London, England; four grandchildren, Jennifer Allen, Katherine Allen Kessler, Rachel Dore-Weeks and Matthew Dore-Weeks, and four great, great-grandchildren.