Winifred Doreau

Obituary of Winifred Doreau

Winnie D. "Dixie" Reynolds Doreau, beloved wife of the late Bernard Doreau, passed away on Saturday, March 22nd at the Village House in Newport, RI. She was born in Durant, Oklahoma on Feb. 13, 1906 and led a long, very interesting life. She was very precocious and graduated high school at the age of sixteen. One of her favorite childhood memories was that her father read the newspaper to her before going to school in the morning. Her first job was for Vogue Magazine as a member of the Fashion Department. She then moved into photographic assignments at the magazine. This assignment served as a springboard into a very successful career as a well-known portrait photographer under the name of Dixie Reynolds in New York City. She met her husband in New York and they were married in 1960. She collaborated on several books with him (he wrote under the penname of Max Dorian) by providing the photographic contents. She was also an associate member of the Foreign Press Association. Throughout her life she traveled extensively, as a young lady she had gone to France and Germany. She also did a great deal of traveling with her husband on various press related travel. She expressed her generosity to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and they made her an honorary trustee. She was an avid amateur golfer all her life and had won several trophies. She was still giving lessons, in her apartment, to those who visited her recently. She was a genuine courtly southern lady, with deep family roots in the old south. She is survived by her stepson Michel Doreau of Carlisle, Massachusetts and her great-niece Mary Ann Fitzpatrick of Dallas, Texas. Per Winnie's request, all arrangements are private. Donations may be made in Winnie's memory to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Development Office, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA, 02114.
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