Born Dorothy Miller in New York City in 1933, I graduated from Music & Art High School in 1950.  After 10 years in the evening session at CCNY, I received a BA in Social Sciences in 1961 and migrated to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL to enroll in the Master’s program in College Student Personnel Administration, receiving an MS in Higher Education.  Went into the Sociology PhD program; met and married Joe Gutenkauf; wound up ABD (all but dissertation) in 1966 with an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Sociology-Anthropology Department at Cortland State College in the State University of New York system.  While at Cortland I was instrumental in organizing the American Federation of Teachers in SUNY and negotiating the merger of AFT Local 2190 with the NEA’s SUNY affiliate which produced United University Professions in 1973; I was elected one of UUP’s first officers at the founding Delegate Assembly.  In 1976 I became a national rep for AFT and in 1977 settled in New Jersey as a staffer for AFT’s New Jersey affiliate; I retired in 1997.

I’ve been involved in progressive Democratic politics most of my life and am currently active in the Plainfield, NJ Democratic Party and the Progressive Caucus of the NJ Democratic State Committee.  Known primarily as Dottie Gutenkauf since 1964, I’m now also identified as “Dottie G” in many places.

Music has always been a big part of my life.  In the 1940s and 1950s I was a regular at the Sunday folksinging sessions in New York’s Washington Square, and sang with Pete Seeger in the Good Neighbor Chorus.  Now I sing with and write lyrics for the Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council.  Writing and teaching are important to me, and you can see some of my writing on this site.   I’ve also been involved with women’s issues and civil rights/civil liberties issues for most of my life.

Joe and I have two wonderful children, Polly and John.  Polly is married to Jay Armour; they live at their 24-acre organic farm (Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, NY) with their two beautiful children, Sarah and Joshua.  John lives in New York City; he and his partner are in the music industry.

In some quarters I am known as Dottie Gutenkauf; in others, as DottieG; more recently, as Dottie Miller Gutenkauf.  I have copyrighted my poems as Dorothy Miller Gutenkauf.   I can be reached via email at dottiegutenkauf@gmail.com.

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2 Responses to “About Me”


  1. my name is warren Steinborn. you were so kind and generous to have written a recommendation to wash. u. law school admissions in 1967. we shared a number of classes when we were both at S.I.U. when I was an undergrad. not sure how or why you popped into my mind. but I googled you and here we are.

    after all these years I want to say thank you again for you kind remarks. I just reread you r letter to the dean at wash. u. law school. I hope your health is good and you are enjoying your golden years. my email is as follows.

    warren@wsteinborn.com.

    fondly,

    Warren

  2. Joan Hervey Says:

    Dottie was a force of nature and truly one in a million. She was a dear and cherished friend to Linda and me, we shared many many fun times over the past 15 or so years. Dinner and movie nights, trips to The Daily Show tapings, We shared subscriptions to The Shakespeare Theater with Joe and Dottie for many years and attended all the performances. We broke bread countless times with her and Joe and they shared all our celebrations and losses. She was a political and philosophical mentor to me, and a loving soul sister. I truly don’t know what I’ll do without her. My heart is broken.

    May I suggest that someone in Plainfield start a movement to have a plaque dedicated to her and Joe to be installed at the new Muhlenberg Emergency Room? NOBODY worked harder than them to keep Muhlenberg’s services available to Plainfield. Nobody.

    Much love Dottie and Joe. You have truly changed the world.

    Joan Hervey and Linda Geczi

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