January 16, 2015

To Connecticut College Faculty and Staff,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Marion E. Doro, the Lucy Marsh Haskell ’19 Professor Emeritus of Government. She was 86.

Professor Doro joined Connecticut College in 1962 after having served as instructor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and as a research assistant at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Professor Doro was a beloved member of the faculty who maintained strong ties to the College long after her retirement. She was a regular visitor to campus, and would often be found conducting research in Shain Library or checking her mail in Cro. Tristan Borer, chair of the Government Department, said, “Marion truly lived the life of the mind. She had an active research agenda and was a very well-respected scholar of African politics. She was extremely devoted to Connecticut College.”

Throughout her career, Professor Doro taught and conducted research in East and Southern Africa frequently, particularly in Uganda at Makerere University, as a Senior Associate in the Institute for Social Science, and twice as a Fulbright scholar, in 1963/64 and 1997/98. Her experiences in Africa made it possible for her to begin teaching the first courses on Africa at Connecticut College. And, as founding director of the College's Study Abroad Teach Abroad program (SATA), she inaugurated the program at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Her first book, Governing in Black Africa: Perspectives on New States (1986), has been cited as one of the 10 most significant contributions to the field of African politics. She also is the author of a reader in African politics, and a historiographic study, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe: A Bibliographic Guide to the Nationalist Period (1984). She published numerous bibliographic essays for Current Bibliography on African Affairs, several dozen articles on various African states for Colliers Yearbook, and more than 100 book reviews.

Professor Doro received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University in 1951 and 1952, respectively. In 1959, she was awarded her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

A funeral service is Tuesday, January 20, at 11 a.m., in Harkness Chapel. A reception in Hood Dining Room will follow. Interment will be in Ocala, Florida. For those who wish, donations may be made in her memory to the Marion E. Doro Scholarship Fund, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4196.

The Connecticut College community mourns the passing of this dedicated professor; I extend my deepest sympathies to her many colleagues and friends.


Abigail A. Van Slyck
Dean of the Faculty
Dayton Professor of Art History