Caroline K. Hottle, 89, died on Sunday, July 13, 2003, at the Peabody Home in Franklin, New Hampshire. She was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1913, and was the daughter of Raymond C. and Gouldia E. Y. Keiper. She graduated from Allentown High School in 1930, and from the Drexel Institute of Technology [now Drexel University] in Philadelphia in 1932. She married George Austin Hottle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1935, and was married for 56 years, until Dr. Hottle's death in 1992. Their married life together began in the Pocono Mountains in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, and continued in Philadelphia, where Dr. Hottle earned his doctorate in 1941, and in Walkersville and Bethesda, Maryland. In 1963, she and her husband moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, to El Cerrito, California, where Caroline learned Braille, spent many hours volunteering for the blind, and joined the faculty wives of the University of California at Berkeley. She lived for two years in London, England, 1971 to 1973, and for two years in Mexico City, 1974-1976. During this time, she accompanied her husband on scientific expeditions sponsored by the World Health Organization, to European, Asian, African and South American cities, helping him write the descriptive sections of reports on the state of government immunology programs and infectious disease control. In 1976, Caroline retired with her husband to a home on the Pacific Ocean in Onxard, California, north of Los Angeles. In 1996, she moved to New Hampshire to be closer to her family.
Caroline's most enduring passion was travel. She drove and flew many times across country, from the late 1930s to the 1980s. She was especially proud of having visited every continent on earth, beginning with European trips in the early 1950s and continuing through her last trips to Chile, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in 1994, at the age of 81. She was actually on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport on the morning when the earthquake of 1994 hit the city of Los Angeles, and was bound for Chile on the last plane taking off before the grounding of all flights from the city that morning. She walked the Great Wall in China, threaded the markets of New Delhi, hiked glaciers in Montana and in Grindelwald, sailed on the Neva, the Danube and the Dnieper, watched the northern lights in Finland, prowled the ruins of Aztec temples, attended scientific receptions in Budapest, Tokyo and Paris, measured the pyramids along the Nile, and camped for weeks in the wilds of Lake of the Woods in Canada. Her travels fulfill the saying next to her picture in the The Comus, the Allentown High School Yearbook for 1930: "Description only excites curiosity-seeing satisfies it."
In addition to travel, Caroline enjoyed athletics in her younger years, and bridge, knitting and reading as she grew older. She was employed for a number of years in the 1930s, 40s and 50s as an accountant and personnel director in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas. She also especially enjoyed spending time with her grandson Eric, helping to raise him as he grew up in the 1970s and early 1980s.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Keiper Dorn. She is survived by her son, Christopher, and his wife, Heather, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, by her grandson, Eric Sumner Hottel, of Tucson, Arizona, and by a niece, Marcia Dorn Diener, of Wilmington, Delaware. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Allyson McLean of Gilford, New Hampshire, and William McLean IV, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
Contributions in Caroline's name may be made to the Peabody Home, 24 Peabody Place, Franklin, New Hampshire 03235-1607. A private graveside service will be held in the fall at the Grandview Cemetery in Allentown, Pennsylvania.