100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Dorothy Hodgskiss Luening

Dorothy “Dottie” Luening (MS 1964 Home Economics Cooperative Extension) once traveled the state in all weather to talk about estate planning at Homemaker Club meetings and discuss budgeting with farm families across their kitchen table. She developed lesson plans for county agents and wrote UW-Extension bulletins on such topics as “Family Estate Planning,” “Our Family Records,” and “Problems Facing Consumers.” Dottie began her career as a home economics agent in Racine County, where she did a twice-weekly radio show on WRJN and published regularly in the Racine Journal-Times and Burlington Standard Press. Her column, “Dits from Dot,” provided a variety of information to homemakers. In recognition of her expertise and communications success, Dottie was promoted to district leader. She moved to Madison in the early 1960s to work in the state extension office and pursue her master’s degree. Dottie and her husband Robert (BS 1961 Agricultural Education; MS 1968 Agricultural Economics), former UW-Extension farm management specialist, both worked with another 100 Woman honoree, Consumer Science Professor Louise Young, and the three became friends, along with another honoree, Jane Graff. Dottie was also involved in various community activities and volunteered in the Microfilm Reading Room of the State Historical Society Library.