Dorothy Leib Harrison Wood Eustis was an American dog breeder and philanthropist, who founded The Seeing Eye, the first dog guide school for the blind in the United States. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1927, Eustis was 41 years old and living in Switzerland where she bred German Shepherds as police dogs when she wrote an article for The Saturday Evening Post, a popular weekly magazine. The piece described a German dog guide training school for blind veterans of the First World War and sparked a flood of mail, including a letter from a 20-year-old blind man named Morris Frank who promised to help set up a similar school in the United States if Eustis would train him to use a dog guide. Eustis invited Frank to Switzerland, where he spent five weeks learning to work with Buddy, the first of his six dog guides. A year later, in December 1928, Eustis and Frank launched The Seeing Eye in Frank’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
|Born:||May 30, 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US|
|Died:||September 8, 1946, New York, NY|
|Organization:||The Seeing Eye|
|Spouse(s):||Walter Abbott Wood Jr. (died 1915), George Morris Eustis (divorced 1928)|
|Children:||Walter Abbott Wood III and Harrison Wood|
About Dorothy Harrison Eustis
American dog trainer and philanthropist who founded the first seeing-eye dog school in the United States.
She spent much of her life breeding German Shepherds for police dogs.
She also became a Christian Scientist and started a Christian Science healing practice.
She was married to Walter Abbott Wood Jr. from 1906 until his death in 1915. They had two children. She later married George Eustis in 1923.
Her father-in-law whe married to George Eustis was the pianist Josef Hofmann.
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