Dorothy Stowe (Rabinowitz) passed away at 03:00, July 23, 2010 at UBC Hospital, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, at the age of 89. Mrs. Stowe was a life-long advocate for social justice, organized the first social workers union in Rhode Island in the U.S., immigrated to Canada in 1966, and co-founded Greenpeace with her husband Irving Stowe. Dorothy Stowe was one of Vancouver's most revered citizens for 44 years, inspiring generations of social justice and peace advocates.
Dorothy Anne Rabinowitz was born in Providence, Rhode Island on December 22, 1920 to Jewish parents from Galicia. Dorothy described her father, Jacob, a jeweler, as "idealistic and political. He cared about others and about justice not only for Jewish people, but for everyone." Dorothy's mother, Rebecca Miller taught Hebrew and inspired Dorothy to pursue an education and career. "There were always important international visitors at our dinner table," Dorothy recalled later. "Chaim Weitzmann came for dinner one night, the future president of Israel."
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