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Seward Community Foundation Celebrates Dorothy Urbach’s Birthday!

Susan and Dorothy next to their infamous cast brass and oak model year 1908 National brand cash register, Jan 27, 2015. The register still works. Photo by Jason Aigeldinger.
Susan and Dorothy next to their infamous cast brass and oak model year 1908 National brand cash register, Jan 27, 2015. The register still works. Photo by Jason Aigeldinger.

There are many fine people who reside in Seward.  Some are wise, some strong, some beautiful and others are witty.  But there is one citizen among us who embodies all of those character traits: Dorothy Urbach.   And she is celebrating her 90th birthday this year.  Happy Birthday Dorothy!

Birthdays are occasions to tell stories and I have a few.  Dorothy called me soon after beginning work at the Seward Library.  She asked, “Is there something under the desk for me?”  Not sure what she was talking about I asked the other librarians.  “Oh yes tell her to come right over” was the answer.   Dorothy is a voracious reader and the library staff would stack her favorite authors at the desk so she could run in and grab her next book.  Dorothy is not a shelf browser, she doesn’t dawdle.  She is all about getting down to business.  This is especially true when attending events.  Dorothy is usually prompt and can be found tapping her foot when things are not commencing on time.  And once finished, there is no lounging around.

Perhaps because she can’t sit still for long, Dorothy has a long history of involvement with the community.  She has served on the boards of the library, the hospital, the Chamber and the Silver Salmon Derby.  She has been active in the League of Women Voters and on the Alaska Railroad Community Board.  But her most enduring persona is that of business woman.  From her impeccable fashion sense to her congenial way with employees and customers alike, she is the reason Urbach’s has been in business for over 100 years and will continue for many more.  She is a great example and mentor for all.

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The Seward Community Foundation is joining the celebration of Dorothy’s birthday by acknowledging her community involvement and individual spirit.  The SCF Advisory Board recently voted to donate $500 to Dorothy’s favorite cause in Seward.  While she is still contemplating that choice, Dorothy has requested that, in lieu of presents, those who wish can direct gifts to the Seward Community Foundation in her name.  Should you choose to do so, please send donations to SCF PO Box 933 or go to www.Sewardcf.org and donate on-line.  Contact me, Patty Linville at 907-205-7459 if you have any questions.

Dorothy, Happy Birthday from the Seward Community Foundation Advisory Board, and here’s to many more!

Patty Linville, President

Seward Community Foundation

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