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In Memoriam – Dorothy Olim Krone

It is with sadness ATPAM announces the death on May 13 of Gold Card Manager Dorothy Olim Krone in New York City.  Sister Krone was 85 years old and had been a member of ATPAM since 1967. She was inducted in 2017 into ATPAM’s Diamond Club, honoring members who’ve carried their cards for 50 years or more.  Dorothy served as Secretary-Treasurer of ATPAM from 1987 to 1991.

Even after retirement, Dorothy remained interested and active in ATPAM affairs; she recently successfully lobbied the Board of Governors to increase the Union’s death benefit, which had remained static for many years. 

ATPAM Member Albert Poland recalls: “Dorothy was one of the founders of the modern Off-Broadway theatre movement, having begun her career in 1960 as an associate producer on the original production of The Fantasticks.” Other notable Off-Broadway productions Sister Olim General Managed were: MacBird, American Hurrah, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, The River Niger and We Bombed in New Haven. She and partner Gerald Krone were co-founders and co-general managers of the Negro Ensemble Company. They also operated a theatrical advertising agency: Krone-Olim Advertising, Inc.

On Broadway, Dorothy was the General Manager of Bob and Ray – The Two and Only, The First Breeze of Summer, The Runner Stumbles, The November People, A History of the American Film, The Curse of an Aching Heart, Solomon’s Child and The News.  One of the founding members of Broadway Cares – before the merger with Equity Fights AIDS – Dorothy was also a long term advocate for women’s health issues in the industry.

She was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women. 

Dorothy is survived by her brother David and wife and by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced. 

She will be missed. 

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