Dorothy (Barlow) Farner graduated from Hiram in 1942, majoring in English. After graduation she went into the Navy, getting commissioned at Smith College. She was then recruited from public school teaching to be on the Hiram College education faculty which prompted the advanced degrees. She received both her Masters in education administration and Ph.D. in education from Case Western Reserve in 1959 and 1964, respectively. Dorothy had a tenured faculty position at Hiram College which she relinquished to take on a job covering 19 countries in the Near East and South Asia with headquarters in Athens, Greece.
In 1971, Dorothy and her husband moved to Thailand for three years while he advised the Royal Thai Government on equity finance. He then worked as Senior Educator for the World Bank at which point she gave up her career to travel with him and work on education projects in developing nations. These included China (6 years), Pakistan, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. For ten years following his retirement he administered the Bank’s Scholarship program which was full of rich experiences for both of them.
Since Dorothy's retirement she has found great satisfaction in volunteer work which has included the Smithsonian Sackler and Freer Galleries, both the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and presently the executive board of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra, an organization of 1,000 women dedicated to fundraising for the orchestra.
Dorothy's Hiram connections go back to her great grandfather who built a home and raised five children in the village. Her daughter, Jennifer, was her final participant in the college, graduating in 1970.