Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Dorothy Jean Fry Previc, R.I.P.

Dawn K Brohawn, Guest Blogger

Recently CESJ was saddened to learn of the death on March 17, 2024 of our member and long-time supporter Dorothy Jean Fry Previc.  A resident of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Dorothy graduated from T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA, attended Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, VA and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.


A devoted mother and wife, Dorothy dedicated herself to raising her family and caring for others.  Faced with lifelong, debilitating health challenges, she became an expert on natural healing and nutrition, helping to improve the quality of life for others and herself. She also transmuted her pain into compassion and focused a library of spiritual reading into a meditative perseverance.

Describing Dorothy as “the love of my life for 52 wonderful years,” her husband Tom said that her political acumen and moral compass were the “north star” in his career, and they were full partners in all he did in the Pennsylvania legislative and electoral arenas. She took on the role of primary caregiver for more than ten years for her own mother, Jean Fry, who volunteered for many years with CESJ and interested Dorothy in the work of economic and social justice, and then her mother-in-law, Caroline Previc.

Caring for her two increasingly frail mothers at home as Dorothy did for ten years was nothing short of Herculean. From conversations with Jean, we know that Dorothy’s knowledge of nutrition and natural healing played a significant role in keeping Jean and Caroline with us for many years.

In 2016 a group from CESJ headquarters traveled up to Pennsylvania and had the great pleasure of meeting Dorothy in person at her home. We remember her as a gracious hostess, cheerful, knowledgeable, astute, and from the looks of her yard, a master gardener.

Dorothy was a loyal and conscientious supporter of CESJ, always remembering to send us her annual membership dues even when we were late in asking for them.  It was a special honor having her as a member, as it showed us how well her mother Jean Fry had communicated, and Dorothy had understood, what our organization is offering to the world.  Namely, a new paradigm for understanding and solving systemic problems by organizing with like-minded people to reform laws and institutions (particularly our monetary and tax systems) to empower economically every human person.

Jean and Dorothy came to see that by providing every person with equal, lifetime access to a sound market-based, asset-backed money system, every person could gain equal opportunity to become a full owner of future income-producing capital, without taking away the wealth or property rights of existing owners.

It is also a great honor that Dorothy and Tom chose to have CESJ as the recipient of people’s donations in her memory.