Margaret Alice Dobbin, long time resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died Sept. 7, 2002, at age 97.
A retired medical technologist, she was an avid reader, energetic hiker, and traveler of back roads, enjoying archeology and geology.
Margaret A. Dobbin was born 25 June 1905, at the old house on the Dobbin Ranch on Prairie Creek in Wallowa County, the third of four children of Jay Howard Dobbin and Mary Etta Huffman. They moved into the big house in the fall of 1909. She attended Pratt School and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1921. With two older siblings in college and being only 16, she did a post-graduate year at EHS working in the library and studying geology. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1926 with a degree in Zoology/Pre-Med. She apprenticed and worked at physicians' clinical laboratories in Seattle, Wash., until 1929 and continued her studies in Microscopic Anatomy at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, acquiring the skills which employed her life-long.
She worked: 1930-32 at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, NY; 1932-34 at Bradford Hospital in Bradford, Penn.; 1934-Spring 1936 as a governess in the Boston, Mass., area. She spent the summer of '36 at the Dobbin Ranch making several trips into the high mountains. From Jan. 1937- June 1942 she went to work at the Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif. The summer of '42 she excavated at Chaco Canyon with UNM Field School. The winter of '42-43 she worked at St. Joseph's in Phoenix Ariz. June 1943 to June 1946 she went to the Bruns Army General Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. She lived in a one-room adobe "hovel" with no refrigerator and a straw floor. 1946 to 1950 she took a job in the Dept. of Anatomy of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Leaving Salt Lake in the spring of 1950 she took off to explore "The West" with her '48 Pontiac station wagon, a tarp, and a Coleman stove. She traveled through Utah, Nevada, Death Valley, Arizona, the Chiricahuas, Carlesbad, Sierra Blanca, Point of Pines, Mesa Verde, the Apache Reservation, spending two nights on the ground and one in a motel until fall '50. She then began work at Van Atta Laboratories in Albuquerque and spent the rest of her working life there.
From end of 1955 until the summer of 1958 she returned to Wallowa County to care for her elderly parents, Jay and Etta Dobbin. She was an active member of P.E.O, the Stonecrafters rock club, and AAUW. Her sister, Annette, came to relieve her at the end of the summer 1958 when she returned to N.M. She returned to help care for her mother for 6 mos. in 1964. In 1966, when her mother died the ranch was put up for sale.
In the ensuing years Margaret traveled to Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, British Isles, Iran, Yucatan, to name a few plce. In April 1983 she moved to La Vida Llena retirement home in Albuquerque where she resided until her death.
Margaret Dobbin was preceded in death by her brother J. Howard "Jack" Dobbin in1953; her sisters M. Annette Dobbin, 1986, and Catherine D. Evenson, 1997; and her niece Nancy Keel, 1983. She is survived by her nephew, Roderick J. Evenson, of Milwaukie; her niece and nephew-in-law, Pamela E. & Richard L. Hepper of Portland; three grand nephews, Jay Keel and Paul Keel of Calif., and Nathan Hepper now serving with the US Army in Kosovo; two grand nieces, Shelley Keel of Texas, and Dana Hepper of Portland; and a great grand nephew and niece.
No service is planned at this time; cremations will be buried with her parents and sisters in Enterprise. Remembrances may be made to the University of Oregon, Albuquerque Archeological Society or AAUW.