After receiving her B.A. in English, Dorothy began her career by receiving an appointment to serve as the first woman Deputy Sheriff in the City of New York. She also attended Fordham Law School, receiving her degree in 1945. This led to her becoming Assistant Counsel to the Sheriff of the City of New York. Dorothy retired from this assignment in 1963 to pursue a career in private practice.
Now in full retirement, Dorothy divides her time living in New Jersey and in a lovely cottage at Roundstone, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. She regards this cottage as "the home of my heart."
Dorothy received the Mother Xavier Award in 1978. "I have an abiding love for the College and for the noble Sisters of Charity who have nurtured it from its inception in 1899."