Carol Dahm

Obituary of Carol Ann Dahm


Words cannot convey how young at heart and vivacious Carol was. She was loved by many and her village rallied around her to make sure her final months were filled with as much humor and love as possible.

Carol was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where her extended family still lives. She left the snow as soon as she could and lived in Thailand and Boca Raton before settling in Durham, NC.

She trained and worked as a journalist and her super talent was writing and editing.  She mentored many along the way, passing on her wisdom for fundraising as well. Her interests were greatly varied and stemmed from a lifetime of curiosity. She fell short of her goal to be a crazy cat lady in retirement, but her well-curated art deco collection and eye for antiques will continue to bring joy to her friends and adopted family.

Carol retired from Duke University twice, and a special thank you is due to the Fuqua School of Business Development and Alumni Relations team, who worked tirelessly to ensure Carol’s many special collections were lovingly distributed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theresa and Ray Dahm, her baby Ryan Little, brother Fran Dahm, and nephew Matt Dahm. She is survived by nieces and nephews Devon Lee, Cassie Ditkoff, Jeni Buck, Christi Dahm, Brandon Dahm, and their spouses and children.  Also surviving are many loving, lifelong friends in Wisconsin and all her dear friends in North Carolina, including her work family at Duke; Bradley Yelvington and Brad Nicholson, and their daughter, Fleury; and Kylie Meyer Snyder and Steve Snyder, and their twins Sophie and Cricket, who were devoted to their Nana.

Although no service will be held, donations in her name can be made to Vintage Racers for Rescues

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