June M. Dobbs
Ryan Summerlin January 15, 2012
Dr. June M. Dobbs died on Jan. 10, 2012, at her home in Keystone, Colo. Her life, which began as June Milne on June 3, 1929, in Aberdeen, Scotland, was one of enviable achievement and positive contribution, big and small, to the lives of all she encountered.As a girl, June was recognized as a gifted student and was honored as “The Dux” at Woodside Elementary School in Aberdeen. Though very young, June was admitted to study medicine at the University of Aberdeen where she graduated in 1952.June did a residency in pediatrics in Louisville, Ky. There, she had the good fortune to meet Dr. William Adams, who introduced her to his younger brother, Harold “Hap” Dobbs. A romance quickly blossomed which has remained in bloom from that day to this.June and Hap were married on July 7, 1956, in Louisville. While Hap finished college at Columbia University, June earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia. They moved to Philadelphia for Hap’s medical school where, in order get a license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, she was required (to to her substantial chagrin and the glee of her colleagues) to take 12 hours of English credits. With their completion, June was on the faculty of the Temple University Medical School at the St. Christopher Hospital for Children.In 1965 they moved to Milwaukee, Wisc., where they both accepted faculty positions at the Medical College of Wisconsin. They lived in Wisconsin for 33 years where they raised two beautiful daughters, Kirsty and Dorothy (Jane) who eventually blessed them with four grandchildren – Brett and Kaitlyn (Dorothy’s children) and Andrew and Christopher (Kirsty’s sons). June had a distinguished career as a pediatrician. Upon retirement following 29 years as director of the Child Development Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, she was honored by the Medical College with a lecture series on child health.She was the recipient of numerous awards including: the 1984 WAID Service Award, for her years of service to infants and young children. In presenting her with the 1989 Sacajawea Award for the outstanding professional woman in Milwaukee, she was referred as “a trailblazer.” In 1993 the Maternal & Child Health Coalition conferred upon her its Achievement Award as Outstanding Maternal & Child Health Clinician. June loved hiking (though she became known for falling from logs into streams). When the girls were young, June, Hap, Kirsty and Jane would venture by foot into the Colorado Rockies for a week at a time. June was an avid downhill skier and loved tennis. She enjoyed biking, and when she became unable to ride her own bike with Hap, he bought a tandem in order to keep them on the road.She was quick-witted and well-read, which made her an enjoyable, if formidable, conversationalist. She was always attractive, stylish and gracious. She enjoyed a lively social life. June Milne Dobbs was bold and capable and the arc of her life was correspondingly high and bright – a worthy guide for those she leaves behind.Her memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at Dillon Community Church, 371 East Labonte Street, Dillon, Colo. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Summit Foundation would be appreciated.