Dorothy Howell Rodham, 1919 – 2011

Deepest sympathies to Hillary and her family on the passing of Dorothy Rodham.

Statement from the Clinton Foundation:

“Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919 and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family. Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself. She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

“Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.

“To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital, where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project, her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer. Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.”


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14 Responses to Dorothy Howell Rodham, 1919 – 2011

  1. votermom says:

    I stole that pic from Greta, btw, who says:

    Dorothy Rodham — a one of a kind!
    by Greta Van Susteren

    (and yes, I loved Dorothy…if you met her, you could not stop yourself from loving her. She was a real character!)

  2. myiq2xu says:

    My condolences to Hillary and her family.

  3. foxyladi14 says:

    prayers for the family.

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    Condolences to the Clintons and to all the folks touched by the life of Dorothy.

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  6. catarina says:


    xxoo to Hillary

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Brought this over here to share again. 3 generations of beautiful women, thank you Dorothy 🙂


  8. Karma says:

    My condolences to Hillary and family.

  9. guest says:

    I am just thinking about the disappointment she must have felt in 2008 and I am overwhelmed.

    • teresainpa says:

      Change you can Xerox…..boy was she right about that.
      Now we have one more reason to dislike this guy, he kept Mrs Rodham from seeing her daughter take the office the American people wanted to elect her to.

  10. DandyTiger says:

    Sympathies to Hillary and her family.

  11. djmm says:

    Sincere sympathy for all Ms. Rodham’s family and friends. I wish I knew her.


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