Dorothy Helen Bair

September 26, 1925October 5, 2010

Dorothy Helen (Bimson) Bair, age 85, of Bloomington, died Tuesday morning in Bloomington Hospital. Born September 26, 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Oliver H. and Essel (Howard) Bimson. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a major in art. She taught public school art in Illinois and Iowa and privately in Bloomington. She married Edward J. Bair in 1958 and has been a resident of Bloomington ever since. Being a homemaker and artist, she painted many years in watercolors. She was a member of and exhibited with Hoosier Salon, Brown Co. Art Guild, Indiana Heritage Arts and Watercolor Society of Indiana. For over 20 years her work was shown by The Gallery in Bloomington and her work was featured in several solo shows. She was a charter member of the Bloomington Hospital Auxiliary and served 8 years as a docent in the I.U. Fine Arts Museum. She also did volunteer work at Hilltop Garden. She was of the Methodist faith. She is survived by her nephew David Bair of OK., her nieces Susan Bair McCormick of CO., Diana Bair Cramer of CO., Linda Bair Smith of CA., and Alice Bair Crider of CO. There will be no services or visitation at this time. Day Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be given at


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October 12, 2010

Dear David, Susan, Diana, Linda, and Alice,

I was out of town last week on business for Indiana University and just learned of your Aunt Dorothy's death. I am very sad but glad that she's no longer suffering. Please accept my deep sympathy on her passing. She was a kind, thoughtful, talented lady. I met Dorothy and your late Uncle Ed in 2006 when they were inducted into the President's Circle of the IU Foundation. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

David Ellies

Claire Schaffer

October 7, 2010

I am saddened to learn of Dorothy's passing. Even though I only knew her a short time, I am honored to have made her acquaintance. Dorothy was open-minded and had an open spirit. She often shared stories of her life which resonated with me and left me with a sense of optimism. Her sense of humor seemed to have been borne of keen observational skills, the same skills which contributed to her marvelous paintings. I will miss visiting with Dorothy when I visit friends and family in Bell Trace.

October 7, 2010

To Susan, Diana, David, Linda, and Alice,

Please accept my great sympathy on the death of your wonderful Aunt Dorothy. My husband Dick (who died in June) and I were nextdoor neighbors to Dorothy and Ed in Bell Trace for nine years. They were perfect neighbors--quiet but also friendly and helpful. We learned that Dorothy was a really accomplished artist and photographer and she always gave us birthday and Christmas cards with copies of her paintings and pictures.

I visited Dorothy several times in Health and Living and she was always upbeat and hopeful of returning to her cottage. She told me lovely stories of her childhood in Lincoln. It was a terrible shock to us all that she has now left us, but it gives us comfort to know that she is at peace. You must have many wonderful memories of Aunt Dorothy and I hope these will sustain you at this difficult time.


Harriet Pfister (now in Bell Trace Apt. 274)