Harriet Sylvia Dolphin

April 11, 1927October 31, 2012

On October 31, 2012 Harriet Sylvia Dolphin, 85, of Phoenix, Arizona made her transition. She was born on April 11, 1927 in Ely, Minnesota. Harriet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and her Masters Degree and Doctorate of Education from Arizona State University. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Europe to study European architectural style. She taught Art History at Phoenix College for nearly twenty years, after which she retired. She loved poetry, nature, cats, fine arts, performing arts (especially opera), camping, and travel at the drop of a hat. She was a woman of endless compassion, highly intelligent and with an extraordinary sense of humor. Harriet is survived by daughters, Jacqueline Marie Dolphin, Gabrielle Dolphin, Suzanne Dolphin and son, Anthony Benjamin Dolphin, and four grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her beloved son Victor Elliot Dolphin, Harriet was a deeply caring and generous soul who will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for April 11, 2013. Family and friends will be notified of the arrangements.


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Tom Shannon Wagers

April 16, 2013

Harriet will always have a special place in my heart, for so many reasons. I've been thinking about her a lot, since I got the news. Among many other things, your mom taught me how to cook. I've learned a lot more over the years from other good cooks, but she was the first. She loved good food and wine, and taught me to love it oo. We had some great meals together. Sumptuous meals. She always said she didn't know how to cook for fewer than five people - which was fine with me, because in those days I could eat for four! What I learned from her, I think, wasn't just HOW to cook, but how to have the CONFIDENCE to cook. She'd tackle anything fearlessly. I remember that she owned the profusely illustrated 12-volume Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery and consulted it regularly when preparing some unfamiliar dish (eventually I acquired my own set, which I still have. It always reminds me of her.) Harriet was of that generation of women who straddled the feminist divide: raised in the "old school" and trained in cooking and sewing and all the domestic arts, then coming to maturity in a fast-changing world in which the women's movement was challenging all the old paradigms. She adapted to it well. Well, those are just a few more memories I wanted to share.

Maggie Figuerora

December 21, 2012

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a devoted friend of my mother's. I didn't realize they had the same birthday, and now they will share the same memorial date (my Mom's was April 11, 2012). Thank you for the notification and may God bless you and your family as you remember your mom this holiday season.

Slava Lubiemenko

December 15, 2012

Gab I think I not do this good. I hear Mom dead and very sad. We meet her in home at Arizona and stay when I visiting from Russia and Dr. Sergei. She is a good kind woman. I sorry and sad. Spaciba Harriet.

David Janss

November 30, 2012

Gabrielle, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Our son Sam had a really sweet grandma. My mom, Sam's other Grandma, thought the world of Harriet. She still talks about the time she rendezvoused in California with you and Sam and the four of you took the train north to Sacramento to visit the Historic sites and ride the horse and buggy -- two grandmas having the time of their life. Our mom's also met at our son's high school graduation and I have a great picture of that. They were so happy. So beautiful. I remember Harriet's love of art. She was an amazing person.

Tom Shannon Wagers

November 30, 2012

You are beautiful now and forever. We shared a special garden. With love

Richard Jones

November 21, 2012

Harriet had such passion for art, ideas, friends and her family. We seemed to revolved around her as part of her ordered universe and at other times as bits caught in a tornado. It was my honor to have known her forty-four years ago and to have been changed by her compassion. Goodby to a fellow comrade.

Eric Davin

November 19, 2012

I am sincerely saddened to learn this news. I have many fond memories of Harriet, who at one time was very important in my life. Words are always inadequate....

Drew gomez

November 18, 2012

To one of my Favorite Clients ever!!! I loved doing your hair for you.. Every time you came in you were so happy and cheerful .. Never a dull minute. You always told me those corny Joke and we laughed so hard.. Thank you for remembering me on my birthday and Christmas .. Thank you for all the gifts you brought me back from your travels.
Harry I will miss you.. Thank you for being such a loyal client . I love you

Alan Pryor

November 17, 2012

I was honored to meet Harriett last spring when I traveled to Phoenix with Gabrielle. I am glad i did. Those Dolphin Gals are really special!

Naomi Lindstrom

November 15, 2012

Goodbye, Mama Dolphin. You are an indelible part of my childhood. Thanks for the bowls of popcorn while we watched horror movies on the Dolphin household television.