|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1894|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1968|
New York, USA
Biography extracted from Wikipedia online
Dorothy Hamilton Brush (1894-1968) was a birth control advocate, women's rights advocate, and author. She worked with Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement and co-wrote (using her maiden name Dorothy Adams Hamilton), The American People: A Popular History of the United States, 1865-1941 (1943) and Your Land and My Land: The American People from Lincoln to Roosevelt (1943). She wrote travel articles amd children's plays, which were published in the late 1920s.
Dorothy Hamilton Brush was born on March 14, 1894 to Walter James Hamilton, a lawyer, and Mary Jane Adams. She had two sisters, Gladys and Margaret, the latter of whom went on to become the actress famous for portraying the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz movie. They grew up in Ohio, and she attended school at the Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, Ohio, then Smith College where she was very active, as a delegate in the YWCA in New York, as a house president, and as a Student Adviser. She was also a member of the Alpha Society, Il Tricolore, Blue Pencil, and the Debating Union. She wrote short stories and other works and served on the editing staff for the Monthly Board, the Weekly Board, and the Class Book Board. During her junior year she was the class historian. She wrote the "History of Junior Year" in the 1917 yearbook, as well as the words for the Ivy Song and for "Alma Mater." She graduated from Smith College in 1917.
In 1917 she married her first husband, Charles Francis Brush, Jr., son of Charles Brush, the creator of a new arc lamp and lighting system and founder of Brush Electric, which later merged with two other companies to become General Electric. While Charles Brush, Jr. was serving in the Reserve Corp of the Army as a first Lieutenant from 1917 to 1919, Dorothy worked for various charities in Washington, D.C., and then in Sheffield, Alabama. In 1919 Charles and Dorothy embarked on a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii and around the world, and then returned to the United States to settle in the Cleveland, Ohio area where Charles established the Brush Research Laboratory. Their first child, Jane, was born in 1920 and their second child, Charles III, was born in 1923. Beginning in 1922 she volunteered for the Junior League in the Cleveland area and in a prenatal clinic which led to her increased awareness, and advocacy, of women's health issues and birth control. Along with several friends and supporters, she played a large part in the establishment of the Maternal Health Association in 1928, which later became Planned Parenthood of Cleveland established in 1966.
In May 1927 Brush's six-year-old daughter Jane became ill with pneumonia and needed a blood transfusion, for which her father Charles had volunteered to donate his blood. Jane did not recover and died, and Charles suffered complications from the transfusion, dying a week later. In her husband's memory she opened the Maternal Health Association (MHA) in 1928 which later became the Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland. In 1929 her father-in-law, inventor Charles F. Brush, Sr., appointed Dorothy to the Board of Managers of his newly created Brush Foundation.
Dorothy Brush continued her work with the Maternal Health Association and also became more involved with the Foundation, serving as an administrator and later as Chairman from 1957 to 1963. The Brush Foundation still exists. It has broadened its mission to include research and education on a wide variety of birth control issues.In 1929 she married Alexander Colclough Dick and they moved to New York City and in 1930 their daughter Sylvia was born.
That same year Dorothy began to work with Margaret Sanger which defined her for the rest of her life. She volunteered in Sanger's clinic and later in the 1930s traveled with her throughout Asia and Europe as a missionary for birth control and family planning. Brush led the effort to nominate Sanger for a Nobel Prize.
Even as she worked with Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement, Brush continued her writing. She co-wrote (using her maiden name Dorothy Adams Hamilton) with Walter S. Hayward the books, The American People: A Popular History of the United States, 1865-1941 (1943) and Your Land and My Land: The American People from Lincoln to Roosevelt (1943). Brush also wrote travel articles for the magazine World Traveller and a few children's plays for the Samuel French Company that were published in the late 1920s. In addition to these published materials, Brush also authored a number of manuscripts on women in Japan, Margaret Sanger, birth control, and on menopause that were never published.
In 1947 Brush and her husband Alexander Dick divorced. Brush retired from her activities and work in 1961.
In 1962 Brush married Dr. Lewis C. Walmsley, an educational missionary and Professor at the University of Toronto whom she had first met in 1937 through Margaret Sanger.
Because of her continued work with and dedication to Smith College, Brush was awarded a Smith College Medal in October 1967. The medal noted her tireless work with family planning and women's health, her unfailing support of Margaret Sanger, and her numerous contributions to the Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College. Dorothy Brush died a few months later on June 4, 1968.
Following is a transcription of obituary from the East Hampton Star, East Hampton, New York, June 27, 1968. Obituary provided by Stephen D. Solar.
--Mrs. D. B. Walmsley, Child Center Founder
Mrs. Dorothy Brush Walmsley, 74, a close associate of Margaret Sanger, famous pioneer in birth control methods, and prominent in the founding of the Bridgehampton Child Care Center, died last Friday in Southampton Hospital.
Mrs. Walmsley, a 1917 alumna of Smith College, received the Sophia Smith Medal from the college last summer for persuading Miss Sanger to donate her papers to the college library.
Mrs. Walmsley's home was an oceanfront house on Dune Road, Bridgehampton. Born in Cleveland, March 14, 1894, she lived for some time in Manhattan before moving here shortly after World War Two.
She was married three times. Of her first marriage to Charles F. Brush, Jr., one son survives, Charles F. of New York and Shelter Island. Of her second marriage, Alexander Dick, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Dick Karas, of Los Angeles, Cal. There are four surviving grandchildren.
Mrs. Walmsley's present husband, Dr. Lewis Walmsley, of Dune Road, also survives.
A member of the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Walmsley was a founding member of International Planned Parenthood, and edited the group's newspaper for five years.
The daughter of Edwin T. Hamilton and Dorothy Adams Hamilton, [***Parents names listed incorrectly in this obituary***] she leaves also two sisters. They are Gladys Hamilton Mohler, of Columbus, Ohio and Margaret Hamilton Meserve of Manhattan.
The Rev. Dr. Herbert E. Mover, former minister of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, is arriving in Bridgehampton this Sunday to conduct 2 p.m. memorial services.
Mrs. Walmsley was cremated, and last Sunday her son Charles scattered her ashes from an airplane over the ocean in front of her home.
Walter J. Hamilton (1865 - 1935)
Jennie Mary Adams Hamilton (1865 - 1926)
Charles Francis Brush (1893 - 1927)
Jane Hamilton Brush (1920 - 1927)*
Charles Francis Brush (1923 - 2006)*
Dorothy Adams Hamilton Walmsley (1894 - 1968)
Gladys A Hamilton Mohler (1895 - 1977)*
Margaret Hamilton (1902 - 1985)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in ocean near Bridgehampton, New York.
Created by: Valerie C.
Record added: Jul 10, 2014
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