1996 – Pioneer
Whether it be achievement on the lanes or service to the game, Akron‘s Dorothy “Dottie” Focht is recognized as a standout. For many years she was one of the Akron area and Ohio’s elite bowlers and when it was time to serve her association and the game, she did not hesitate to step forward.
Dottie’s bowling achievement in the Akron area are well known. In 1953 she rolled only the second 300 game in Akron WBA history and, in fact, it was one of just two perfect games bowled in the nation by a female that year. Her claim to fame in Ohio was teaming with WIBC Hall of Famer Donna Zimmerman to win the 1956 Ohio WBA actual doubles title and Donna readily admits that Dottie “carried” the pair to the victory. She was a member of Akron WBA Championship teams on nine occasions and won the Akron WA Doubles title six ties. ln 1960, Dottie and her teammates placed fourth in the WIBC Championship Tournament. Dottie was a member of what many bowling buffs consider the greatest five-lady team in the history of Akron. At many national competitions her team was pared with the all-time great bowlers, including Marion Ladewig, Olga Gloor, Anita Cantaline and many others. Dottie represented Akron at the National All Star Tournament three times. She was a member of the Akron Beacon Journal All Star Team on seven occasions and three times was named Akron‘s Bowler of the Year. Along with her 300 game, she has a high series of 737.
Although a great bowler, Dottie’s contributions to the service of the game and its participants is also justly recognized. Probably her most rewarding contribution to the sport is founding the Happy ‘lime Tournament, an event held annually with members of a league for the mentally handicapped. lt is now in its 27th year. She currently serves as local association secretary and has served as association president, vice president and director. She was and continues to be instrumental in bringing new programs and activities to the Akron WBA and its members. Dottie has held many league offices and was treasurer of the Akron 600 Club. She currently serves on the board of the Ohio 700 Bowling Club. Dottie also is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame selection committee. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has served at a moments notice on many committees. Her expertise and dedication are a great asset to the game and the members she serves.
For her many bowling accomplishments, in 1974, Dottie was inducted into the Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame. The most prestigious Summit County (all) Sports Hall of Fame honored her with induction in 1975, and, in 1988 she was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame, and now it is only fitting that Dorothy “Dottie“ Focht join the elite group of members of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.