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June 1, 2012

Dorothy Chrouser (1912-2012)

Dorothy McDonald Chrouser, a physical education teacher who co-founded Wheaton’s HoneyRock camp, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012. She was 99.

Chrouser, a Wheaton native, graduated from Wheaton College in 1934 with a B.A. in Physical Education. During her years as a student, she played basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. After graduation, she taught physical education at Sterling College in Kansas, at Wheaton College, and later at Wheaton Christian Grammar School.

With her late husband, Harvey Chrouser ’34, a coach and athletic director at Wheaton, she was deeply involved in the founding and development of HoneyRock Camp, the Northwoods Campus of Wheaton College located in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. There, “Aunt Dot” oversaw the infirmary, helped develop leadership programs for girls, and mentored young women.

Professor Emeritus of Applied Health Science Dr. Bud Williams MA ’66 remembers Chrouser as an excellent teacher and devoted mother who was profoundly supportive of her husband, a man legendary for his tireless work on behalf of Wheaton College and the field of Christian camping worldwide.

“Harve would work day and night, and Dot provided tremendous support, a lot of wisdom, and her exceptional intelligence to him, and to their family,” he says.

HoneyRock director Dr. Rob Ribbe says the camp remains true to the Chrousers’ legacy, more than six decades after its founding.

"The lives, values and passions of Dot and Harve Chrouser are deeply embedded in the ministry of HoneyRock,” he says. “Their vision lives on 62 years later in the lives of thousands of HoneyRockers around the world. We rejoice with them as they are now together with the Lord, and pray that we would be good stewards of their legacy."

Chrouser’s survivors include her son Daniel ‘64 (Barbara) and daughter Jean ’66 (Paul); her daughter-in-law, Donna; her brother, Donald McDonald; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, and son William ‘63, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton. The memorial service for Mrs. Chrouser will be Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Windsor Park Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream. More information is available at

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