EAPA Member Milestones
Dorothy (Dodie) Carter Gill
Dorothy Carter Gill passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 11, 2018, with her two sons by her side after an 11-month battle with cancer.
She achieved major academic success at schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Temple, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a pioneer in her field and a published author on the key mental health topics of her time including mental health recognition, caring for public servants, and trauma-related conditions.
A nationally-recognized leader in the Behavioral Health, EAP and First Responder arenas, Dodie held numerous local and national industry positions and collaborated with the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and The Memorial Institute for the prevention of Terrorism. She worked for Arlington County for over 40 years before retiring in 2006.
Dodie lived a life of massive purpose and contribution through her passion for counseling and supporting Fire Departments, Police Departments, and Emergency Management Services in the DC-metro area, one of the largest regions in the country.
Her work leading the EAP efforts for the Arlington County First Responder communities after the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon earned her further national acclaim. Her comprehensive service model utilized inside the perimeter at the Pentagon was recognized in the After-Action Report as one of the Top 5 response activities that were executed well after the attack.
She will always be remembered as an exceptional individual that was successful at anything she set her mind to. She approached everything with a selfless passion that was contagious, and she never ever gave up.
Dorothy loved her family and is survived by her two sons Ethan and Brendan; Ethan’s wife Dawn Sheppard; two sisters Mary Alice Shields and Flora Roberts; grandchildren Haley and Logan; and best friend and business partner Gary Randle.
She left specific instructions for her family and friends to celebrate her life and impact on this world. The celebration will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 12:30 pm at the National Funeral Home at 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042. Attendees are asked to try to wear something purple in their wardrobe or accessory as it was her favorite color. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project in her name.
In recognition of her impact on the first responder community, the Arlington County Fire Department has coordinated with several other Fire and Police Departments in the region to provide a funeral procession through Arlington and Falls Church that will arrive prior to the celebration
Celebration of Life
Sunday, March 4, 2018 (A-Shift)
1300 hours (interment will be held on a later date)
Location: National Funeral Home
7842 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA
As parking may be limited at the funeral home site, carpooling is recommended. Shuttle buses are
available and will carry personnel from Washington and Lee High School parking garage, located at
1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201, beginning at 1030 hours.
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