Dr. Dolly, Finally - 4/27/2007

Memories of Dolly & Guestbook

The Dolly Award

Memorial Tribute

Slide Show


Family Statements

Contact Dolly's Family


Dolly was awarded a posthumous Doctor of Dental Medicine degree on April 27, 2007, by the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia, the first such degree awarded in the college's history.

View the local NBC news video here. Both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Augusta Chronicle had front page articles the following day.

In addition, earlier in the year, the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly passed the following resolution:

House Resolution 391

By: Representatives Jackson of the 161st, Channell of the 116th, Fleming of the 117th, and Murphy of the 120th


Commending Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn on being awarded a posthumous Doctor of Dental Medicine degree; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, Dolly Hearn always had ambitions of following in her fatherīs footsteps after working in his Washington, Georgia, dental office during the summers while growing up; and

WHEREAS, her dreams were cut short when she died in the summer of 1990, just one year short of earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry; and

WHEREAS, the School of Dentistry has decided to award Ms. Hearn a posthumous professional degree, the same degree she would have earned had she completed dental school in 1991; now she can be forever known as Dr. Dolly; and

WHEREAS, when her life was cut short in 1990, Georgia lost a promising new dentist, her classmates lost an esteemed colleague, and her family lost a loving daughter and sister; and

WHEREAS, her parents established a scholarship in Ms. Hearnīs name 16 years ago, and each year, the junior class awards the scholarship to the classmate who demonstrates the most care and compassion for patients and a commitment to dentistry.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body commend Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn on being awarded a posthumous Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the family of Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn.