Congressional Recognition for Dorothy Hunt Finleyby Former Representative Ron Barber
Posted on 2013-02-28
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mr. BARBER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Dorothy Hunt
Finley--a daughter of Southern Arizona ranchers who spent a lifetime
giving back to her community before passing away on February 20th at
the age of 92.
Dorothy grew up in rural Cochise County, not far from the U.S.-Mexico border and never envisioned a future as an educator, a beer distributor and a community leader and benefactor.
[[Page E215]] For three decades, Dorothy was a teacher and a principal at schools in the Tucson Unified School District. She was chairwoman of the TUSD Elementary School Principals and president of the Arizona Elementary School Administrators. Because of her background in education, Dorothy became a member of the Pima Community College Foundation Board and co- founded the Women's Studies Advisory Council at the University of Arizona.
Her life took a turn 30 years ago when her husband, Harold, died. Dorothy became CEO of Finley Distributing Company, a beer wholesaler. She also became a dedicated community activist.
Dorothy was a member of nearly 100 community organizations that benefitted from her time, commitment and financial generosity. That list includes the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tucson Economic Council, Pima County Juvenile Court, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Urban League, the Arizona Theatre Company, the UA Wildcat Club, La Frontera Child Family Center, the American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Goodwill Industries, the March of Dimes and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Dorothy received numerous well-deserved awards for her work, including a gubernatorial Celebrating Exceptional Women award, the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the YWCA and the Woman of the Year honor from the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She was named among the top 100 private business owners in Arizona and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the YWCA.
In 2004, Dorothy was presented with the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award, which she traveled to the Pentagon to accept. She also is the only civilian to have a building named after her on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base: the Dorothy Finley Child Development Center.
I am proud to recognize Dorothy Hunt Finley--an exceptional friend to the people of Southern Arizona. She will be deeply missed.