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Dorothy L. Souvaine Heaton
(December 12, 1928 - February 19, 2014)

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Dorothy L. Souvaine Heaton

Dorothy L. (Giles) Souvaine Heaton, 85, of Rockport, formerly of Reading, passed away at her home on Wednesday evening, February 19. She was the wife of the late Henry D. Souvaine, and the late R. Gordon Heaton.

Born in Medford, she was the daughter of the late Allen Lester Giles, Sr., and the late Clara Lillian (Collins) Giles. She was a graduate of Melrose High School, attended Wellesley College, and earned her A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University. A Woodrow Wilson fellow and doctoral candidate in Classics at Harvard, Dorothy also taught at Boston University and was an Editor of Classical Monographs for the Harvard University Press. She served in the leadership of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Radcliffe College.

Dorothy taught Ancient Greek, Latin, and mythology, first at Boston University for a year, then the Winsor School of Boston for 27 years until her retirement in 2002. She served as a Deacon, and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at the First Congregational Church of Reading. She was a founding advisory committee member and a speaker for the Theological Opportunities Program (TOP) at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge.

Previously, Dorothy had served for three summers as a camp counselor at Aloha Hive Summer Camp, in Fairlee, VT; and for one year, was the Assistant Director and Business Manager for Camp Tattapanum Summer Camp, Taunton. She had also been a Certified Bridge instructor and duplicate bridge tournament director in the 1950's.

Dorothy is survived by three daughters, Christine L. Soutter of Fayetteville AR, Diane L. Souvaine of Lexington, and Emily Souvaine Meehan of Norwalk, CT; four sons, Roy W. Heaton of Exeter, RI, Clifford D. Heaton of Ware, Clayton E. Heaton of Middletown, DE, and Gary G. Heaton of Cincinnati, OH; and she is survived by one brother, Allen Lester Giles, Jr. of Lexington. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A funeral celebrating Dorothy’s life will be held on Saturday, February 22 at the First Congregational Church 25 Woburn St. Reading at 11:00 am. Visitation will be at the church, prior to the service from 10-11:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be at the Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Caring for Caring, 35R School St., Rockport, MA 01966. Arrangements under the direction of the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Reading. For information, directions and on line guest book visit


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