Dr. Elizabeth M. Kraus Dumont, age 83, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2012 after a short illness. Elizabeth (Liz) was born August 2, 1929 in Chatham, NJ. Previously deceased are her parents Elizabeth Kraus (nee Davis) and Charles A. Kraus. Her younger brother Karl (Skip) J. Kraus passed before her in 2010 at age 77. Liz is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Lewis A. Dumont and her daughter Mrs. Karleen (Karly) E Becker, son-in-law Mr. Jay Becker, both of New Fairfield, CT and Palm Beach Gardens FL, and Dr. John V. Dumont of Ringoes, NJ 08551 and her faithful dog Jenna.
Liz graduated summa cum laude from The College of Saint Elizabeth, and earned her MA in Music from Julliard and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University. She taught as Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University from 1962 through 1966, and continued teaching Philosophy at Fordham University from 1967 to 1990, retiring as a full professor. She changed Fordham University by achieving status as the first woman professor of the Fordham University Philosophy Department. She had a very gratifying career mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and being a passionate role model especially for the women students. She enjoyed being a teacher, scholar, author, friend to many, devoted wife and mother of two children.
In addition to her academic career, Liz pursued archaeology with her husband Lew and Seton Hall University, making significant contributions to understanding the Native American prehistory of the Delaware River Valley Region and in other locations throughout New York State. After retiring to Georgetown, DE, from Monroe, NY Liz and Lew focused their interests on ornithological pursuits including assisting various national not-for-profit birding societies documenting bird counts for publicly released surveys. They spent many hours together gazing through binoculars and participating in surveys at Prime Hook and Rehoboth Beach. These birding opportunities also led them to travel to Texas, Alaska, and Maine. During these travels Liz developed her nature photography talents, winning awards for her nature pictures. She had an unending love for the outdoors and involvement with many nature conservancy programs. During her time in Georgetown DE she also became involved in the Rehoboth Meals on Wheels program. Lew was her driver, companion and loving husband throughout their travels local and far. Liz had a long, rich, and varied life that touched many people. She will be missed by her many friends and her loving memory will be forever cherished by her husband Lew, and her children Karly and John.
A visitation will be held at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 North Bedford street, Georgetown, DE on Friday October 26, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 27 at St Michael The Archangel Catholic Church, 202 Edwards Street, Georgetown, DE followed by a luncheon with family. In lieu of flowers, please make a tax deductible donation "In Memoriam Elizabeth Dumont" at the American Bird Conservancy website: https://www.abcbirds. org/membership/memoriam.cfm.
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Cards of condolence can be sent to Mr. Lewis Dumont at his new residence: Apt 305, 21111 Arrington Dr, Selbyville, DE 19975.
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