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Thirteen Years and Counting: A Story of Consecutive Giving

Steve ’72, Paul ’06, and Dorothy Voorhees ’04
Steve ’72, Paul ’06, and Dorothy Voorhees ’04

March 29, 2017

Even as a youngster, Dorothy Voorhees ’04 had her sights on Andover. When she finally arrived on campus as an upper in 2002, Dorothy carried on a legacy started by her father, Steve ’72, and continued by her brother, Paul ’06.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala. (“I had my first snow-shoveling experience at Andover!”), Dorothy immediately felt welcomed into the Phillips Academy community, meeting people who would become lifelong friends. “While everyone at Andover is extremely gifted in one area or another, the school really is greater than the sum of its parts,” she says.

As an athlete, Dorothy competed fiercely in volleyball (having an undefeated season her senior year), captained the softball team, and cheered wildly as a Blue Key. In the classroom, she dove into AP French literature, reveling in Hale Sturges’s dynamic reenactments of works by playwrights Molière and Balzac. Carroll Perry’s economics class sparked her interest in learning more about poverty in the developing world, eventually prompting her to move to Senegal through the Peace Corps after college. Dorothy’s 13 years of consecutive giving started with her senior gift. “Andover does a great job of demonstrating the value of your education, even when you’re still a student,” she says.

“Giving to Andover every year is my way of ensuring that the school continues to attract and retain ‘youth from every quarter.’ Many of my friends wouldn’t have been able to attend without the school’s need-blind admission policy. The economically diverse student body truly enriched my learning experience, and it’s an honor to help pass that opportunity on to others.”

Dorothy Voorhees ’04, a merchandise buyer for Target Corporation, lives in Minneapolis. She has been a PA alumni admission representative for three years.

To learn more about making an annual gift to Phillips Academy, please contact Stephen Rodriguez, director of annual giving, at 978-749-4312 or srodriguez@andover.edu.