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Philmont Life Stories focuses on people who live in and around the Village of Philmont that turn possibilities into realities and make a positive impact in the community every day of their lives.
Our first life story has special meaning to the Philmont Public Library. Dot Bowes has been a member of the Board since the turn of the century (the 21st century). She has submitted her letter of resignation to give someone else the opportunity to serve on the Board.
Here is her life story...
Dot Bowes was born Dorothy Anne Yerick on January 10, 1931, in Hudson, to William E. Yerick Sr. and Lillian May Kilmer Yerick. She is the sister of Robert Yerick and the late William Yerick Jr. She met Robert B. Bowes while working on the Chatham American Legion toy drive. They were married December 26, 1959. Dot and Bob have four children: Jean (Jim) Calvin of Valatie NY, Bill Bowes of Atlanta GA, Mary (Michael) Cremo of Scotia NY, and Patty Bowes of Chatham NY. Dot loves spending time with family, especially activities involving her grandchildren Ė Brian, Thomas and Joseph Cremo and Amanda Calvin.
From the time Dot was a child, she always wanted to be a nurse. She graduated in 1948 from Philmont High School and in 1951 from the Union University of Nursing, which is now the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. She earned a Bachelorís Degree in School Nurse Teaching from the New York State Teachers College at Plattsburgh.
She worked at Brigham and Womenís Hospital in Boston for three years before returning to Columbia County, where she worked as a school nurse-teacher at Chatham Central School District until she and Bob started a family. Later, Dot became School Nurse at the Ockawamick building of the Taconic Hills School District during the 1970s. She then worked as a nurse at Pine Haven Home and at the Firemenís Home in Hudson, retiring in 1993. She currently volunteers at Columbia Memorial Hospital as a member of the hospital auxiliary.
Long active in community affairs, Dot is a long-time Trustee of the Philmont Public Library. Among the other projects that benefited from her leadership were the creation of the Philmont Village Green, the Philmont Toy Drive, and the planting of memorial trees on Maple Avenue. Dot was on the original board of the Philmont Hearth and formerly was a religious education teacher. She is a Communicant of St. James Church in Chatham.
Countless Philmont residents past and present have been comforted by Dotís compassionate care and support during times of illness or sorrow. A trusted friend and companion, she always goes the extra mile to ease the burden of neighbors in need, any hour of the day.