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Dorothy Herchenroeder Rood

04/23/2009

Dorothy Herchenroeder Rood, 91, passed away February 17, 2009, in Atlantic Beach, FL. She was the beloved wife of Leslie Rood, retired U.S. Army officer, university professor and diplomat. 

Born March 15, 1917, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Dorothy had a distinguished career between 1939 and 1946 as a stenographer for the Social Security Board's War Manpower Commission in Washington, D.C., and the OSS with an assimilated rank of second lieutenant serving in London, Paris and Wiesbaden, Germany, during WWII. She was in Paris on V-E day. In 1945-46 she was a staff member with the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry into Palestine in the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and in Palestine where she met Leslie. Dorothy and Leslie were married in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1947. 

Following the war Dorothy and Leslie Rood lived in several foreign service posts, including Greece, Iran, Malta, the Ivory Coast (Africa), Milan, Rome and Naples, Italy. Raising a family in foreign countries presented challenges as well as opportunities for this Nebraska native who had only traveled to Clay Center, Kansas, and a family farm in Linn, Kansas, to visit her father's relatives before joining the war effort.

Dorothy and Leslie became full-time residents in Warren following Leslie's retirement from Georgia State University and Dorothy's graduation from Georgia State in 1979. In Warren they made many friends and were active community members. Dorothy was a grandmother of the first order, volunteering in the classroom in the Warren School and enjoying her grandchildren when not traveling to China, Russia, Turkey and France.

Surviving Mrs. Rood are her sons, Leslie Macrae Rood ("Mac") and his wife Bobbi in Warren and David Rood and his wife Mary Shuman of Atlanta, GA, as well as four grandchildren: Sarah, Allison, Grant and Drake.

She will be remembered as a loving grandmother, mother and wife, an avid reader, bridge player, reluctant but excellent cook, good neighbor and lifelong learner. A family memorial gathering will be held in July at her Warren home. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. 


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