|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1923|
|Death: ||Sep. 8, 2012|
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Dorothy Akal was always talking about other people. She was an artist who spent her time promoting other artists. She was a writer who brought Golden Transcript readers valuable information with her “Avenue Flashes” column for roughly 18 years.
Her son,said his mother had the right personality for a life spent communicating with others.
“She was just one of those people with a natural charisma around her, always able to make friends wherever she went,” .
Dorothy was born Dorothy Marie Sullivan to John and Mary Sullivan on Christmas Day, 1923, in Chicago Ill. She grew up with her sister, Eleanor.
“She was a go-getter, the member of the family that was always involved with everything,”.
One family story about Dorothy recounts the time she learned, just for fun while in high school, how to hand-carve a Native American bow. She then used it to win a Chicago all-city archery contest.
Akal attended Mundelein College in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and later the University of Denver.
She moved to Golden in the mid-1950s
Dorothy also began hosting her own radio programs, featuring artists and entertainers. The programs were broadcast on several stations, including KICM, KDEN, KFML and ABC affiliate KBTR.
Fellow artist and eventual Transcript colleague Irma Wyhs took art classes with Dorothy, and remembered her as always being fun to be around.
“I never ever saw that woman in a sorrowful mood. I never saw her worry about anything,” Wyhs said.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, Dorothy continued to work in public relations, taking positions with Historic Denver, the Central City Business Association, Tamarac Square and Heritage Square. She started her own public-relations firm, Communications West, and was a member of the Denver Press Association.
Even after Dorothy left Heritage Square, and opened a magic and toy shop in Estes Park with her son, Davis said, the two stayed in touch with weekly phone calls.
In the 1990s Dorothy took over writing the “Avenue Flashes” column for the Golden Transcript. She wrote the column up to the week of her death.
“She was like her columns, all fluffy and fun, just enjoying life,” Wyhs said.
Dorothy also knew how to get results, whether through organizing publicity events for a client or seeing a piece of Golden history receive recognition. She served as the head of the White Ash Mine Memorial Committee, and was instrumental in getting a new memorial statue dedicated to the 10 miners who drowned in an accident in the mine in 1889.
Former Golden Mayor Chuck Baroch served on the committee with Dorothy and described her as friendly and likeable, and said “she moved forward to get stuff done.”
Dorothy is survived by her son; ex-husband; and her two beloved huskies, Troy and Dakota.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel located at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 12801 West 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: KLP
Record added: Sep 03, 2013
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