Dorothy Ann Currie – The Independent of Santa Barbara
Dody Currie passed away peacefully at her home in Montecito, California. Dody was predeceased by her mother, Alice Flowers, and husbands Thomas Evans Brittingham, Franklin Otis Booth Jr, A. Frederick Gerstell and John Waugh. She is survived by her husband, Eric Small, her son Scott (wife Ella) and daughters Ashley (husband Jeff) and Stephanie (husband Steve). Dody, aka Grandmommie, is survived by nine grandchildren: Dylan, Alexandra, Connor, Audrey, Harrison, Penelope, Serena, Tommy and Charlotte. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dody was the only child of Alice Flowers and Malcolm Carmichael Currie. Raised in Hancock Park, Dody had idyllic childhood years until facing her first tragedy at the age of seven, when her father passed away suddenly. Heartbroken but, with unwavering perseverance, Dody’s education in Los Angeles continued and his close friends from those early years remained in his life throughout his life. She attended Marlborough School and was a member of the Class of 1952. After Marlborough, she attended Stanford and USC where she graduated in 1956 with degrees in journalism and elementary education. At USC, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She remained a staunch Trojan horse throughout her life. Two years after Dody graduated from college, tragedy struck a second time when Dody’s mother Alice died of breast cancer. Her friends became her family and her support system. Her unique combination of intelligent intelligence, keen sense of humor and stoicism have greatly helped her travel the world on her own. Dody’s time after college included working as an elementary school teacher for grade 2 students at El Rodeo in Beverly Hills, a model for Bullocks Wilshire, and a hostess for the “Beat The Genius” TV show. . Dody has always enjoyed an abundance of friendships and an active social life. His motto was “half of life is simple”. At the age of 26, Dody married Tom Brittingham and moved to Wilmington, Delaware. Living on the East Coast had been a lifelong dream and those years were among its happiest; because Tom was full of life, loved a good party like Dody and loved to play the piano while friends sang on the tunes. Tom brought Mary to the wedding and together they had Scott and Ashley. Tom and Dody returned to California in 1963 and together they owned a racehorse, Viking Spirit, and both shared a passion for horses and hosted friends at weekend races. Viking Spirit won the Californian Race at Hollywood Park in 1965 where Cary Grant presented the silver trophy. Throughout her life, she always looked fondly on her years as a racehorse owner. Tragically, Tom passed away at an early age, leaving Dody a widower with two young children and facing another life-changing challenge. Luckily, staying single became a stage in life that never lasted long for Dody. In 1966, she married Otis Booth by merging their five children (Spike, Loren, Jenny, Scott and Ashley) and having Stephanie together, creating a large blended family of six children. Dody and Otis married for 29 years, starting in San Marino and then moving to the Bel Air neighborhood where they finished raising their children. These have been busy and happy years for Dody. While raising children, she also served on the boards of Las Madrinas, Marlborough School and Music Center. His time was spent with family, friendships and philanthropy. Otis and Dody were entertained and traveled frequently. Dody was a huge fan of the holiday season and always went out of his way to make Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter magical for his family. One of her most memorable parties was Otis’ 65th birthday where she brought in Bobby Short to play the piano while their guests danced the night away in their beautiful garden. She also loved their annual family trips to the Mauna Kea Hotel in Hawaii and the Rio Blanco Ranch in Colorado, and spending summers at home in Sun Valley, ID and the seaside community of St Malo, Oceanside. Dody embarked on her husband’s outdoor activities by learning to fish, shoot and accompany him on hunting trips. Even on these more rustic trips, Dody managed to look good and enjoy a vodka while being a part of the shared camaraderie and laughter. It has always been a good sport! After her marriage to Otis, Dody remarried three more times: the late Fred Gerstell, the late John Waugh and Eric Small. Her last decade was spent living in Montecito, California where she enjoyed the small community and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Dody was invited to join the Mayo Clinic Board of Directors in 2007. She enjoyed her beautiful rose garden, strolling through Birnam Wood, having lunch on the patio and attending the Santa Barbara Symphony. She was passionate about music and theater that she always tried to pass on to her children. She lived near her children and grandchildren and loved their frequent visits. If character is defined by how one faces adversity, then his children and grandchildren need only look to Dody. Her remarkable intelligence, understated elegance and beauty were exceptional. Combined with his quick wit and joy, life around Dody had no limits. Dody will be sadly missed by her family and lifelong friends as she made the world a brighter place for everyone who had the honor of knowing and loving her. The services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family wants donations to be made to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital in honor of Dorothy Ann Currie. www.chla.org/donate or attention: Tiffanie Al-Nasser, MBA CHLA 4650 Sunset Blvd, # 29 Los Angeles CA 90027.