Dorothy Schramm


"Since our formation [Iowa Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America] in 1953, Dorothy Schramm has been the guiding force in our organization. Very simply, Dorothy is the United Nations Association of Iowa."
— Dorothy M. Paul, 1985

Dorothy Schramm has focused on world affairs, government, and art. A Burlington resident, she has been state president and national vice-president of the United Nations Association, chair of the First U.N. Day, member of national and international assemblies and committees, and author and editor on world affairs. She is on the steering committee for the National Peace Institute in Iowa. Schramm organized the Burlington League of Women Voters, served on state and national League boards, and authored the Handbook for Citizens. She was first chair of her city's Planning and Zoning Commission. The Human Relations Survey that she organized resulted in the end of her city's public segregation, several "firsts" in employment, a Mayor's Civic Unity Commission, and a local NAACP. Her concern for justice has been expressed by her work on the Iowa Council of Judicial Reform and the Judicial Selection Committee. A collector of contemporary and African art, she has organized and supported art associations and councils. Schramm's honors include the 1971 University of Iowa Distinguished Service Award and an LLD degree from Grinnell College. Schramm was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.