Dorothy Helen Cochrane Courtney Love

HOUGHTON – Dorothy Love, 89, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Omega House in Houghton.

Dorothy was born on Aug. 15, 1023 in Warsaw, Poland, to Leon Cochrane, a U.S. trade diplomat stationed in Poland who later served in Washington, DC and helped found the Social Security System, and Irene Cochrane (nee Kowalski), who coordinated assistance for thousands of Polish refugees after WWII once the couple returned to the states.

Graduating from Washington, D.C.’s Central High School in 1941, she also attended George Washington University before working at Look Magazine’s offices on both coasts.

She first married Howard Courtney in 1946. Dorothy met her second husband, English Professor George Love, at American University in Washington, D.C., and they married in 1962, prior to returning to Love’s home in the Upper Peninsula.

Dorothy worked at MTU Alumni office until she retired in 1984. She was active in the League of Woman voters and the Democratic Party for many years.

Dorothy was a member of the Houghton Planning Commission for seven years, then was elected to the Houghton City Council for 20 years from 1982 through 2002. On the city council, she helped co-ordinate many of the downtown improvement projects, which won Houghton the Michigan “Community of Economic Excellence” award for 1987-1989.

Dorothy believed in supporting worthy organizations and donated to the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Little Brothers, Quincy Mine, Omega House, Public Radio and Public TV, among many others in the area.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, George Love; and her sister, Molly.

She is survived by her son, Howard “Sandy” Courtney, Jr and wife, Victoria “Tory” of Houghton and Sedgewickville, Mo.; and brother, Jack Cochrane and wife, June of Florence, S.C.

Dorothy was a founding congregation member of the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Houghton and requested the memorial donations be made to the Fellowship. See or KUUF, P.O. Box 276, Houghton, MI 49931.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton has been assisting with arrangements.