Dorothea R. (Berkman) Soule
Born 12/6/1906
Died 11/27/1992 in Syracuse, NY

Syracuse Herald-Journal (NY) Nov. 30, 1992
Dorothea Soule - a longtime champion of womens rights in the workplace - died Friday at Hill Haven Nursing Home. She was 85 and formerly lived at 308 Primrose Ave., Syracuse. Mrs. Soule worked 47 years for the U.S. Postal Service as maintenance control manager at the main branch of the Syracuse Post Office. She was a longtime member and for 15 years secretary of the Syracuse Local of the American Postal Workers Union. Mrs. Soule was the longest active member of the nations American Postal Workers Union. Mrs. Soule retired in 1977. Mrs. Soule was born in Malone, the oldest of eight children. After graduating in 1928 from Syracuse University, she tried to find a job teaching. Instead, she obtained work with the former Syracuse State School. She took courses at a local business school to pick up secretarial skills. Mrs. Soule was was named the 1988 Post-Standard Women of Achievement for Labor. Mrs. Soule was the local representative of the Postal Office Women for Equal Rights and treasurer of the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Employees. She also was a member of Coalition of Labor Union Women, the National Organization for Women and the National Democratic Committee. Her husband, Walter, a lawyer, died in 1980. Surviving are two daughters, Sarah Soule of Pennellville and Katherine Soule of Nice, France; two brothers, Henry Berkman of Syracuse and Saul Berkman of Fayetteville; three sisters, Ruth Sugarman of San Jose, Calif., Gertrude Shapiro of Stamford, Conn., and Jane Feld of Syracuse; a granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Birnbaum Funeral Chapel, Syracuse. Burial is in Frumah Packard Cemetery , Syracuse.
Burial Location
Walter Soule Esq