Dorothy Seaton

Dorothy Seaton, Board of Trustees Member

Portrait Seaton

Dorothy Seaton is a Santa Fe resident. She grew up in rural Iowa and served from 1971-1992 in the Army and in the Army National Guard in four states. She enlisted as a private in 1971 and attended Women’s Army Corps (WAC) basic training at Ft. McClellan, AL. While on active duty during the Vietnam Era, she was a medical records photographer at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 1974, immediately after leaving active duty, she was the first woman to join her home state’s National Guard Mechanized Infantry Battalion Headquarters, assigned as a supply sergeant. Continuing her National Guard career, she became an award-winning Army photojournalist and editor of a National Guard newspaper.   She attended Officer Candidate School, commanded a Public Affairs Detachment and served as full-time State Public Affairs Officer for a National Guard State Headquarters. Her last military assignment before retiring as a major in 1992 was as a personnel officer at a National Guard Armored Division Headquarters.

While serving in the National Guard and after retiring from the military, she pursued a civilian career as a quality management specialist and technical trainer for a state agency and a clinical supervisor and licensed chemical dependency counselor.

Major Seaton has a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. Since 2016 she has served on the City of Santa Fe Veterans Advisory Board. She is Past President of the Bataan Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights in Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM, and Past Vice President of Women Veterans of New Mexico. She has also served on the Board of Directors for her homeowners’ association.

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