Dorothy’s family moved to Lafayette from San Rafael in 1956. Her father wanted to be closer to his work at the Lawrence Lab in Berkeley. Their home was located on Yorkshire Court bordering what is now known as the Trail Area. At that time the railroad was still running and Dorothy remembers walking to Stanley along the railroad tracks. She graduated from Acalanes in 1960, then attended UC Berkeley.
Dorothy’s mother, Angela Broadhead was one of the founders of the Lafayette Historical Society and its past president. Dorothy followed her mother’s footsteps and instrumental in the LHS moving to their new library location, organizing and cataloging collections, recording oral histories, starting the Speakers Series, and a past president. Before the library location some of collections were displayed in a small space furnished by a bank in what is now Walgreens. The rest were with the CCC Historical Society in Martinez.