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West Aurora High School Fund In Memory Of Richard J. Dorsey

Established 2008

Richard J. Dorsey
West Aurora High School
West Aurora High School

The West Aurora High School Fund was created as a memorial to Richard J. Dorsey at the time of his passing.

The fund supports the educational needs and sports activities at West Aurora High School, as identified and approved by the school district’s foundation.

Richard Dorsey (1922-2008) passed away on November 11, 2008 following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Elgin, Illinois.  He was a graduate of Elgin High School and Illinois State University.  In 1951, he received his M.S. in educational administration from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Dorsey served his country during World War II.  He was a member of the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1946.

He was an educator his entire career in Paris, Illinois, Serena, Illinois and West Aurora High School, where he taught for thirty years.

While at West Aurora High School, he served as a coach, physical education and biology teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal.

Coach Dorsey loved sports and inspired others to strive for excellence and sportsmanship.

He coached golf, football and basketball.  He was especially known for leading basketball teams to victory in Serena and West Aurora High Schools.

After retiring from coaching, Mr. Dorsey enjoyed officiating football and basketball for over twenty-five years.

He was survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Frances Dorsey, two children, two grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

To read more about the illustrious career of Coach Dorsey, please click here:

A History of West Aurora School District 129

In 2016, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley partnered with the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools in preserving the history of West Aurora School District 129. Together they produced a collection of photographs, biographies, a video and more highlighting the impressive history of the West Aurora Schools.

Explore the History of West Aurora School District 129


We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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