Dorothy D. Aeschliman

Dorothy D. Aeschliman, Nurse who sailed on the first SS Hope voyage, dies at 91.

Dorothy Dene Aeschliman known as “Dottie” to her friends, of Ashburn, VA (formerly of Reston, VA), died on Tuesday, January 29th. She was born to the late Myrle L. Aeschliman, and Edward J Aeschliman in Peking, China in 1927. Dorothy graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Nursing and from the University California Berkeley with a Masters of Public Health.

Dorothy spent much of her career as a Director of Nursing with Project Hope traveling the world beginning with the first voyage of the SS Hope in 1960.  She subsequently travelled to many other ports of call, including Ecuador and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as Head Nurse on the ship. She also lived and worked as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, and for the U.S. Peace Corps as a Medical Officer supporting volunteers in China. Dorothy was a member of United Christian Parish Church in Reston.  Dorothy was a wildly independent and adventurous woman in a time when such characteristics were not the norm. Her love of life earned her many long and deep friendships. She was known throughout her life for her humor and the amazing stories of her travels.

Dorothy is survived by her older sister Patricia McGreal, nephews Colin and Derek, and nieces Sineidin, Melanie and Jennie (Johanna). She is also survived by her great nieces Brittany, Erin and Camryn, and great nephew Christopher, and their families. Services will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at United Christian Parish Church in Reston. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Dorothy Aeschliman Nursing Education Fund at Project Hope

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