Mom and DadAl Dorr
Earnest Albert Dorr
Estelle Boswell Dorr
Percy B. Zerby
Ora Million Zerby
1. Edward Max DORR, son of Albert
Edward DORR and Maxyne C. ZERBY, was born on 15 Feb 1942 in
Although I'm still living, I am writing a summary
of my life as my father did a few years before his death. During my
genealogy research I have often wished I had more information about the
lives of our ancestors instead of just names and dates. Also I hope this
will help my grandchildren know me in the event something happens to me in
the next several years. This has become more lengthy than I had planned,
but since it is mainly for my grandchildren others can skip over the
I was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. My father had just graduated from
Oklahoma A&M and he was in a training program with Phillips Petroleum
in Fairfax, Oklahoma. Mom stayed in Stillwater for my birth. Complications
at birth resulted in cerebral palsy for me. While Dad was in World War II,
Mother, Dana and I lived with my grandparents in Perry. In 1946, Dad took
a job with OG&E and we moved to Oklahoma City. I attended kindergarten
with the other kids in the neighborhood but my parents put me in a special
school for the handicapped for grades 1-4. They thought that I needed the
physical and speech therapy that this school provided. The school was more
geared to meeting physical needs instead of academic needs, so my parents
transferred me to public school in the fifth grade.
I had a very good family life as a child. I ended up having four younger
brothers, Dana, Pat, Jon, and Kent. I believe this was the best thing my
parents could have given me. I do not remember being "protected" or
needing any special care. I believe holding my own with four brothers
helped me to have the initiative later in my life when I needed it. We had
five boys in a three-bedroom home until my sophomore year in high school.
Dad had worked as an engineer for an air conditioning and heating company.
He had an opportunity to buy the company with Lewis Carter and they
started Comfort, Inc. and did very well. Mom designed a six-bedroom home
in the Wildwood neighborhood in Oklahoma City. Dad even put in a swimming
Although I realized I was handicapped, I really did not see myself as
different from other kids. My biggest problem has been
trying to convince people I can do what I feel I am capable of. One of my
first disappointments was not being able to play Little League baseball
because the officials thought I might get hurt. This was the beginning of
a way of life for me since people assumed I was not capable of doing most
things. I was told I could not drive, but my parents always supported me
and insisted that I be able to take drivers training in high school. It
was questioned if I would be able to succeed in college, and Dad even
thought of setting me up in a small business. I was determined to attend
college and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1964
from Oklahoma State University.
After graduation I was unable to find a job even though I had good grades
and experience working in the OSU computing center. I was lucky that Dad
had a successful air conditioning business and I was able to work there
until I found something. I interviewed with the people on the governor's
committee for hiring the handicapped. After several weeks they said that
they had found a job for me, but it turned out to be a janitor's job at
Tinker AFB. I remember telling them something about not needing this type
of help and walked out.
After a year I got a job through an employment agency with a local
automobile parts remanufacturer, Unit Parts, Inc. The owner of the
employment agency was in a breakfast club with Dad and the owners of Unit
Parts lived in the same neighborhood as we did. Dad said he did not have
anything to do with me getting the job, but I never quite believed it. At
least it was a start and this was just the beginning of God using people
in my life.
One weekend I went to Dallas with several of my college friends for a wild
weekend. For some reason at the end of the weekend I stopped to visit a
cousin of my mother's whose husband I really liked, Bob and Gloria Keefe.
Bob asked if I was interested in a job at LTV Aerospace. He took me over
to a friend of his that afternoon. I ended up taking a job with LTV as a
mathematician developing equations that described the surface of the tail
assembly of the 747 aircraft. I was not unhappy at Unit Parts, it was not
a real challenging job and I thought this would be a chance to get away
from OKC and would be interesting. Again God used someone to help.
At the time my best high school buddy, George Poe, was working for a
company just 10 miles from LTV. He tried for months to convince me to
accept a job with Fritz W. Glitsch & Sons as a computer programmer. I
was not a mathematician at heart and really wanted to get back in the
computer field. I finally accepted the job at a considerable increase in
pay. Mike Glitsch, the son of the owner, always enjoyed using the latest
technology and I ended up working with IBM to develop one of the first
online engineering design tools. I played a significant role in the system
programming part of this project. This opened my eyes to a whole new area
of the computer field, systems programming. I enjoyed developing ideas of
my own instead of programming some engineer's formulas. Again God used
someone, George, in my life.
I ended up leaving the company and took a graduate assistantship at Purdue
University to work on a master's degree in computer science. This really
upset Dad. After all the problems I had in finding a job he was not
comfortable with me leaving a good job. I received my degree from Purdue
in 1970 and took a job with Control Data Corporation in Sunnyvale, CA.
A year later while attending a singles class at Peninsula Bible Church in
Palo Alto I met Margie. Actually it was on a ski trip to Heavenly Valley
ski resort and I spent the whole weekend trying to talk to her. We later
got to know each other at the Sunday evening services. We were married in
1972 in a small church in Los Gatos, CA. All of the Dorr and Brooks
families flew out for the wedding.
After six months we decided to move back to Texas and I took a job with
Texas Instruments in Richardson. We wanted to live in a small town so we
moved to Plano, population 25,000. The only problem is that when I retired
26 years later it had a population of over 200,000. While I was with TI we
had the opportunity to work in Amsterdam for several months and lived with
a Dutch family. Margie was pregnant with Tim at the time. Tim arrived in
1973 in Richardson since Plano did not even have a hospital at that time.
Diane arrived in 1976 at the new Plano General Hospital.
I enjoyed the work at TI, but it was not an ideal environment. It was
truly a manufacturing complex and dirty. While in school I always dreamed
of working for IBM, a top company doing state-of-the-art work. A friend of
mine from church convinced me to interview with Electronic Data Systems.
EDS was similar to IBM and was one of the leading companies in the
management of computer systems. EDS was very conservative and required its
employees to dress in dark suits with white shirts. I did not think I had
much of a chance of fitting in although I always wanted to work for this
type of company. Back then you had to go through three different
interviews and they even interviewed your wife. They wanted to be sure
that the wife realized the commitment they were looking for from her
husband. They ended up offering me a job and I stayed for 22 years.
We originally moved into a small house at 2 Westlane Place in Plano. We
later moved to a larger home at 2604 Briarwood Drive. The house was on a
creek and I built a two-story fort for the kids down by the creek. Diane
and Tim rigged up a pulley system to get our dog, Smokey, on the top floor
of the fort. It was during this time that I bought Dad's sailboat and we
enjoyed sailing until we moved to Pennsylvania.
In 1983 I took a position on a contract that EDS had with the Navy and we
moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for six years. We had a couple of acres
out in the country. The kids learned to ski while we were there. We lived
thirty minutes from a ski lift and the school would take them up there on
Fridays after school during the ski season. We got into camping while we
were there and even took two camping trips to Canada.
In January of 1990 EDS moved us back to Plano. We bought a large
five-bedroom home on an acre lot that the kids enjoyed, and it was ideal
for teenagers. It had a large playroom with a pool table and there was a
nice swimming pool with plenty of room for volleyball and other things.
Tim and Diane both went to Plano East Senior High. Tim was on the
wrestling team and Diane on the cross country and track teams. I bought
another sailboat and we sailed until the kids left.
When we first moved to Plano in 1973 we were active in a very small
church, Plano Bible Church. Dave Reimer was the pastor and we developed
friendships that lasted for the next 26 years. The church eventually
merged with Fellowship Bible Church, which was led by Gene Getz. We had
been lucky over the years to be led to churches with great teachers. This
began in Palo Alto where Ray Stedman was the lead minister of PBC. One of
the main thrusts of Fellowship Bible Church was to start new churches.
Margie and I with about four other couples started Bethany Bible Church in
After the kids left for college we decided we did not need such a large
home. We built a small home in Mt. Vernon in east Texas and built a garden
home in Plano. After a couple of years in the garden home, we bought a
larger home in Plano. Going from 3600 square feet to 1700 was just too
much; I always felt that I was in an apartment and I missed a nice yard.
I have always enjoyed having a building project going. I think this is one
thing I inherited from Dad and the following are some of my projects: My
first major project was building a greenhouse at our first house in Plano.
When we moved to Briarwood Drive, I built the kids a two-story fort by the
creek in the back yard. I helped Tim and a friend build a skate ramp while
we were in Pennsylvania. My pride and joy was a 12x14-foot workshop that I
built at our lake home in east Texas. It even had a porch on the front so
that it would look similar to the house. I have installed two underground
sprinkler systems and helped Dana and Jon install a small system in Mom's
back yard. I always enjoyed working in the yard when I had nothing else
In 1999 EDS offered early retirement which I took. We stayed another year
in Plano to try to decide where to go. We didn't like all the people and
traffic in Plano and wanted to move to a smaller community. Margie wanted
to be close to the grandkids, but I had no desire to be in the Atlanta
area; it was too much like Dallas and it has high humidity. I always
wanted to retire to a college community because I wanted to return to
school and study history. I have always been a big OSU Cowboy fan. In 2000
we moved to Stillwater. We moved my mother to assisted living in
Stillwater in 2002, thus I was able to be of some help to Pat and Kathy.
It is unbelievable how much care they both gave Mom in her last years.
Although I enjoyed taking history courses at the university, Margie never
In 2006 Diane's husband, Brian, was transferred from Georgia to Fort Worth
by Lockheed. They had three of our grandchildren and Tim had married while
we were in Stillwater and gave us another grandson. We moved back to Texas
to be with the kids and grandchildren. We bought a home at 8905 Trails
Edge Drive in North Richland Hills. I miss all the OSU sports, but became
involved with the White Chapel UMC, the Southlake Kiwanis and the
Grapevine AMBUCS organizations and having the family together again.
I also became involved with a group of guys at a local bar near the house
called Beef O'Brady. Over the years I became good friends with many of the
guys and women. After Beef O'Brady's shut down, we went to Chili's, then
to a new bar in the area called Chef Blythe's Bistro.
I loved to travel, but Margie did not enjoy traveling. Thus I
started going on trips with the church which include Nova Scotia, Israel,
Greece and Turkey. Also went on a number of trips with members of my
Sunday School class which included Charlotte, NC, Savannah, and Destin.
When Eli turned 16 I came up with the idea of taking each grandchild
on a major trip when they became 16 and took Eli on the church trip to
Greece and Turkey. Bre and I went to China in 2017. After two
weeks Bre went home. Then one of my best friends from Chef Blythe's Bistro
met me in Hong Kong and we partied there for a week. In 2018 I took
Nick, Silas, And Diane to Denmark, Sweden, and Russia.
In 2017 we sold the house and moved to Atria Senior Living. I was really
thankful for my friends at the Bistro. The people at Atria were nice, but
most of the men at Atria were older and not very active. The Bistro
group gave me a chance to meet with friends most days and we did a number
of activities. I took a number of trips with the guys from the
bistro including Mexico, an Ohio State football game in Columbus and a
number of trips to Belize.
In 2018 Diane's husband, Brian, took a job in Alabama so we moved to
Frisco to be closer to Tim. Naturally I found the neighborhood
bar/grill, The Green Gator, and made a number a good friends there and we
took more trips.
Edward married Marjorie Jane BROOKS,
daughter of Robert Raymond BROOKS and Bernadine Mae Leavitt
BROOKS, on 26 Aug 1972 in Los Gatos, CA. Marjorie was born on 17 Jan
1945 in Wheeling, WV.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 2 M i. Timothy
Bryan DORR was born on 25 Oct 1973 in Richardson, TX.
+ 3 F ii. Diane
Elizabeth DORR was born on 12 Jun 1976 in Plano, TX.