JUST PLAIN DOROTHY THE LIFE OF DOROTHY HUNT FINLEY COWGIRL, TEACHER, TYCOON, PHILANTHROPIST
by Dorothy H. Finley with Allen R. Kates, MFAW, author of COPSHOCK
Holbrook Street Press
Dorothy H. Finley is an Arizona icon. As a child, she grew up in hard times on a cattle ranch in the wilderness without electricity, water, indoor plumbing or air conditioning. She lived through “the troubles,” a time when her father and uncles were indicted for killing a man during a real Old West shootout and feared they might have to flee to Brazil to evade the law.
From the age of four, she was on horseback herding cattle. At ten, she learned to drive a ranch truck, loaded 100-pound bales of hay in the back and fed the cows. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in the middle of a cow pasture. She became a schoolteacher and principal in the Tucson United School District (TUSD), started a beer distribution company with her husband and eventually became its CEO.
Today she is a major philanthropist, and has been on the boards of more than 50 nonprofit organizations such as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Children’s Home, the Arizona Historical Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Girl Scouts of America, the Greater Tucson Economic Council, the Pima Community College Foundation, the Tucson Children’s Museum, the Tucson Medical Center, and the Women’s Studies Advisory Board.
Dorothy was the driving force in preventing the closure of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. As a board member for DM-50, she went to Washington, DC, and convinced the senators to keep DM open, saving Tucson and the state of Arizona millions of dollars in revenue, as well as thousands of jobs.
She has receive outstanding awards including 1987’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the 1999 Jimmy Hart Award, the 1992 National Spirit of Life Award, the 2001 Ray Davies Humanitarian Award, the Mae Carvell Award, and the 2003 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Citizen Humanitarian Award. Two organizations named their centers after Dorothy: the Dorothy H. Finley Child Development Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the Dorothy H. Finley Space Exploraorium & Challenger Learning Center of the Southwest.
JUST PLAIN DOROTHY: THE LIFE OF DOROTHY HUNT FINLEY, COWGIRL, TEACHER, TYCOON, PHILANTHROPIST by Dorothy H. Finley with Allen R. Kates, MFAW. Published October 2009 by Holbrook Street Press. ISBN-13:978-0-9668501-3-0. 400 pages; 6″ x 9″ trade paperback. Includes: 16- page color photo insert; Dorothy’s 60 Rules for Success; Bibliography; Index. List Price: $24.95. www.HolbrookStreetPress.com