To nominate an outstanding woman in the Seattle community for the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt award, please download this form and follow it's instructions: 2013 DSB Nomination Form.
The Junior League of Seattle created the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of community service. Dorothy Stimson Bullitt was a charter member of the Junior League of Seattle, civic leader, women’s advocate and the founder of the King Broadcasting Company.
The Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award honors an Active or Sustaining Junior League member who has enriched the lives of her neighbors and community at large through extraordinary volunteer public service. The Junior League of Seattle award is the only award Mrs. Bullitt allowed to carry her name.
Dorothy Stimson Bullitt (February 5, 1892–June 27, 1989) was a radio and television pioneer who founded King Broadcasting Company. She was the first woman in the United States to buy and manage a television station.
A widow at the age of 40, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt was the single mother of three children during the Great Depression. Although she was from a wealthy family who made their fortune in lumber and real estate, Dorothy had to make hard choices about the economic future of her family after both her father and husband passed away. Although it was unheard of for a woman of her upbringing and stature in the community to work for a living during that era, Dorothy defied convention and took control of the assets she inherited from her father.
Despite knowing next to nothing about real estate, Dorothy took control of her family's property holdings and personally restored the business to prominence. From her success in real estate, Dorothy was able to purchase a television station. She founded King Broadcasting and turned it into a flourishing business, raised her three children and still found countless hours to volunteer through the Junior League and other community groups.
Dorothy Stimson Bullitt was a remarkable woman whose impact on our community will be felt in Seattle for many generations to come. We honor and revere her lifetime contribution to our community and dedication to the League.
If you'd like to find out more about Dorothy Stimson Bullitt and the founding of the Junior League of Seattle, we suggest reading Dorothy Stimson Bullitt: An Uncommon Life by Delphine Haley.
Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Luncheon 2010 - 2011 - Past and Current DSB Honorees, from left to right, back row:
Jean Rolfe, Mary Herche, Sue Lyle Hunter, Sue Mecklenburg, Dee Dickinson, Micki Flowers.
Front Row: Colleen Willoughby, Maxine Barnard, Ginger Ackerly
Sally Skinner Behnke* - 1989
Anne Gould Hauberg - 2001-2002
May Celebration 2008 - Past and Current DSB Honorees (from Left to Right: Marli Iverson, Anne Farrell, Colleen Willoughby, Susan Brotman, Cathi Hatch, Dee Dickinson, Mary Herche and Kathleen Edwards (representing Jennifer Dunn)