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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Milk Shake (Chocolate), Candy
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It ain't over til the fat lady sings.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1930
Birth Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Milk Shake (Chocolate), Candy
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It ain't over til the fat lady sings.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1930
Birth Location:
Little Rock
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Biography

Doris L. Zollar, educator, social service administrator, and entrepreneur, is best known for her volunteerism and civic activity. She was born as Doris L. Love on December 7, 1930, in Little Rock, Arkansas, where her grandfather, Taylor Henson, defeated the attempts of whites to take his valuable farmland. Young Doris enjoyed a relatively comfortable and happy childhood, but was always encouraged by her family to take her education seriously and to give something back to the community.

Doris graduated as Valedictorian of Little Rock's Dunbar High School in 1947. She earned her B.A. with honors from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, in 1951. She was a graduate student at University of California at Los Angeles and at the University of Chicago.

She married Dr. Lowell Zollar in 1954 and started a family in Chicago, where she was employed as a public school teacher. She became executive assistant to the director of the Woodlawn Organization in 1974 and director of development for The Woodlawn Organization in 1976. Since 1976, Doris Zollar has been self-employed in contracting and vending ventures. In 1977, she established Triad Consulting.

It is Doris Zollar's volunteer activities that have made history. She is on the Women's Board of Operation PUSH, The Women's Board of the United Negro College Fund, the first black president of the United Nations Children's Fund Chicago, the Chicago Heart Association, the World Service Council of the YWCA, Deborah's Place (home for battered women), Chicago Academy of Performing Arts and was appointed to the board of the Chicago Port Authority by the late Mayor Harold Washington.

Well known in social, charitable and political circles, Zollar has been a guest at the White House and honored numerous times. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two successful grown children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Doris Zollar interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Doris Zollar gives some family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Doris Zollar shares a tragic tale of her grandfather's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Doris Zollar gives some background information on her grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Doris Zollar shares stories of her grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Doris Zollar talks about her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Doris Zollar discusses her childhood travels during the Jim Crow era
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Doris Zollar remembers her childhood in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Doris Zollar reminisces about her school days
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Doris Zollar discusses Little Rock's black middle class population
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Doris Zollar discusses growing up in the Baptist church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Doris Zollar remembers friends and teachers from her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Doris Zollar details her high school years at Dunbar High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Doris Zollar laments the loss of subjects taught in secondary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Doris Zollar shares how she fortuitously attended Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Doris Zollar gives the history of Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Doris Zollar recalls some pivotal figures at Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Doris Zollar spends a year as an exchange student at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Doris Zollar remembers the impression she made as an exchange student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Doris Zollar returns to Talladega and shares her impressions of Cedar Crest College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Doris Zollar describes some AKA hazing incedents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Doris Zollar recalls some good friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Doris Zollar remembers her UCLA classmates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Doris Zollar details how she left California for Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Doris Zollar meets her future husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Doris Zollar begins teaching in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Doris Zollar talks about motherhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Doris Zollar details her civic contributions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Doris Zollar discusses her involvement with the Chicago Academy of Performing Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Doris Zollar continues stories of her civic involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Doris Zollar gives further detail about her life int he 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Doris Zollar recalls life in the Jackson Highlands neighborhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Doris Zollar details her consultancy with The Woodlawn Organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Doris Zollar discusses her involvement in various local and entrprenuerial programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Doris Zollar remembers the Harold Washington mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Doris Zollar reminisces about the Harold Washinton administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Doris Zollar details her O'Hare Airport concession
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Doris Zollar gives further detail on the politics behind city contracts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Doris Zollar gives a brief overview of some personal accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Doris Zollar shares her views on the problems in the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Doris Zollar continues with her commentary on problems in the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Doris Zollar decries the lack of historical teaching among black people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Doris Zollar gives a prescription for what ails the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Doris Zollar remembers meeting Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Doris Zollar shares some asides from Mandela and Tutu
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Doris Zollar recalls meeting Bill Clinton and others
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Doris Zollar continues sharing stories of meeting celebrities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Doris Zollar recalls the most impressive celebrity she's ever met
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Doris Zollar fondly recalls the John F. Kennedy family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Doris Zollar contemplates her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Doris Zollar is proud of her children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Doris Zollar wants to be remembered as someone who helped others
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Doris Zollar's favorites
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Doris Zollar values the HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Doris Zollar in a construction hat
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo- Doris Zollar with Senator Chuck Percy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo- Doris and Lowell Zollar's 40th Anniversary party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Doris Zollar and friends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo-Doris Zollar with friends at her 40th wedding anniversary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo-Doris Zollar's college friends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Partygoers at the 40th wedding anniversary party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo- More celebrants from the 40th Anniversary party
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Doris Zollar's 40th Anniversary party celebrants
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - the Zollars and John and Eunice Johnson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Doris Zollar's future in-laws and grandmother in 1954
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Doris Zollar with Ramsey Lewis and Irv Kupcinet
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Doris Zollar with Ramsey and Geri Lewis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Doris Zollar with college friends
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Doris Zollar's daughter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Doris Zollar's daughter after a swearing-in ceremony in 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo- Doris Zollar with Jesse Jackson and John Bustamante
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Doris Zollar in a newspaper photo
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo- The parents of Doris and Lowell Zollar
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Nikki Zollar and husband Bill Von Hoene
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photos- Doris Zollar's mother and son
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Doris Zollar and Mary Rockerfeller
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo- Doris Zollar models a fashionable hat
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo-Doris Zollar's college portrait
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo- Portrait of Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Doris Zollar meets Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo- Doris Zollar and Hillary Clinton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo- Doris Zollar and Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and Doris Zollar
  • Tape: 6 Story: 22 - Photo - Zollar wedding photos
  • Tape: 6 Story: 23 - Photo - Doris Zollar fashion montage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 24 - Photo- Doris Zollar on the front page of N'Digo Magazine