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Dorothy Cann Pool
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1911
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 2007
Huntingdon
Huntingdon County
Pennsylvania, USA

Dorothy Pool was the daughter of Samuel and Sara Cann. She was one of three children, having an older sister Ruth and a younger brother John. The family grew up in a house on Terraces Rd., in the Mt. Washington section of Baltimore, MD, in the brown house on the right just before the split in the road where the road becomes a big circle around the hill. From the age of 11 to the age of 21, she studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, and once said that if she hadn't gotten married, she could have had a career as a concert pianist. She was a fan of the piano works of the composer Chopin, and would often play them on her Ivers & Pond grand piano. She told a story once that when she was a small child, her face was used as a model by an artist who created child-size nude sculptures of children (maybe idealized as "nymphs") in metal that were in the park-like area of Mt. Vernon Place in Baltimore City. She made a point that she did not model in the nude for this, but only her face was used. She at the time also suggested that I go down to that area & see if I could find the statue that had her face on it, but I have not had the chance to do this, and wondered if the statues are even still there. It turns out that the original was moved to the campus of Johns Hopkins Univ., and it was replaced by a larger copy at Mt. Vernon by the original artist's son. (Click on the photos of the statues to see captions attached.) Once she was given a "Music Minus One" LP recording of Rachmaninoff's 2nd. piano concerto, where the LP is only the orchestral accompaniment and it included a printed copy of the piano part, so a pianist could play the actual concerto as if to a live orchestra. She found that this was too difficult to play, specifically due to some places where the performer is expected to play intervals of a 10th., and her hands were not large enough to stretch that far (although it implies that Rachmaninoff's hands must have been larger than most). After graduating from Forest Park High School, she eloped with Robert Bosman Pool, also a resident of the Terraces, in 1931, where they were married in Elkton, MD in May of that year. She and Robert lived in Cambridge, MA during the period Robert was lacrosse coach at Harvard University. The couple moved back to Baltimore in the mid 1930's when Harvard had to close all of its athletic programs due to the Great Depression (and thus Robert being laid off). Robert and Dorothy lived in two different houses on Steele Rd. in the Mt. Washington section of Baltimore. The first house was one on the section of Steele Rd. west of Greenspring Ave. After residing at this residence through the 1940's, they moved to 2408 Steele Rd., the section on the east side of Greenspring Ave. between Greenspring and Pimlico Rd. In the 1950's Robert was a salesman for the American Seating Co., and also for the candy maker "Candy Cupboard." Dorothy worked as a church organist in a small church in Mt. Washington, close to the Kelly Avenue bridge. During the family's occupancy at 2408 Steele Rd., they would often have friends over to play Bridge, the well-known card game. When Robert got a job in research and development with Weyerhauser Co. in NJ in the early 1960's, this prompted the family to move to Levittown, NJ (now Willingboro, NJ) in May of 1962, to 564 Charleston Rd. Dorothy, while being a homemaker, became a church organist for the United Church of Christ in Willingboro. Dorothy during her life also painted, sometimes in watercolor, but mostly did oil paintings, doing portraits usually based on photographs. She used a photo of her mother when young to do a portrait, and also did one of her daughter Nancy. Once while living in Willingboro, NJ, she was talking with a neighbor while leaning on the side of the 1966 or so Oldsmobile Delta 88 auto we owned, and realized when it gave in, she'd put a big dent in the front passenger side. She told Robert what she's done, and he said something like "No problem," and went out to the car with the bathroom toilet plunger. He stuck it on the dent, pulled, and out it came with a "pop." No more dent. Speaking of art, Dorothy even did a clay head bust of herself at one point. She was for a time involved with the Willingboro Art Alliance. Her older sister Ruth also did paintings. It would seem that she inherited her sense of humor and whimsy mostly from her father. She loved the old Laurel & Hardy comedy films, and would laugh heartily when watching them. After the death of her husband, she moved to Asbury Methodist Home, in Gaithersburg, MD, mostly because if you got sick, they were supposedly not going to evict residents. The second reason was that her cousin, Ethel Cann Rainey also lived there. Once she was brought down to Ocean City, MD by her daughter Nancy while my wife and I were also there. She and Nancy were waiting to be seated in a local restaurant, and as part of the decor, there were some life-size sculptures in the waiting area. Mother later had a good laugh about this, as when she was waiting, with her vision perhaps a little wobbly, thought one of the statues was a person and started to have a conversation with it! She once said that in old age she had lost her sense of taste (regarding food, specifically.) In her 90's, she would occasionally laugh and say "I don't know why I'm still here." 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Edwin Cann (1883 - 1948)
  Sara Jones Cann (1888 - 1966)
 
 Spouse:
  Robert Bosman Pool (1908 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ruth Cann Merkel (1908 - 1970)*
  Dorothy Cann Pool (1911 - 2007)
  John Edwin Cann (1924 - 1974)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: Cremated; ashes returned to family.
 
Created by: Robert B. Pool II
Record added: Dec 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45355712
Dorothy <i>Cann</i> Pool
Added by: Robert B. Pool II
 
Dorothy <i>Cann</i> Pool
Added by: Robert B. Pool II
 
Dorothy <i>Cann</i> Pool
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