In Memory

Dorothy Lee Tooney (Rowberg) - Class Of 1935

Dorothy Lee Tooney (Rowberg)

Dorothy Lee Tooney Rowberg, 97, of Mars, Pennsylvania, died November 10, 2015. Dorothy was born in Pasadena on February 8, 1918. She graduated from South Pasadena High in 1935 and went on to UCLA and graduated in 1939 with a BA degree in English.

Dorothy worked in several high-level secretarial positions for major aerospace companies during and after World War II. She was working for the Douglas Aircraft Company when she met her beloved husband, Eldon Rowberg in early 1950. They married in August 1950 and settled in the San Fernando Valley, building their first house in Van Nuys. In 1962 they moved to Woodland Hills and made their home there until moving to Pennsylvania in 2004.

Once married, Dorothy focused on her husband and children, but also believed strongly in giving back to her community. As soon as her children were of school age, she began volunteering at their schools. She started at the elementary school and then in 1969 moved up to volunteering in the library at the new El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. She was responsible for managing and updating the card catalog system and the records of all the media in the library. When she started, it was "old school" and all the catalog cards were updated by hand. In time, the administrators decided to computerize all the records and Dorothy stepped up and learned to use the complicated software required to build a database for the thousands of books in the library. She liked new things and rose to the challenge. The librarians totally depended on her and the other volunteers who worked with her. She served for 34 dedicated years until she and Eldon moved to Pennsylvania.

Dorothy won many awards for her service, including the KNX News Radio Volunteer of the Year Award. After moving to Pennsylvania, she continued giving back by volunteering in the Cranberry Library until health issues prevented her from doing it any longer. In addition to her multiple careers as a wife, mother, and library volunteer, she was a pianist, seamstress, avid reader, a cat lover, and a fantastic Scrabble player. Dorothy remained an active part of her family's lives until her very last months. She and Eldon were only two months short of their 65th wedding anniversary when Eldon died in June 2015.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Brian (Linda) Rowberg of Anaheim, California; daughter Karen (James) Arendt of Mars, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Butler Eagle, December 13, 2015