Daily News social events writer dies at 79

Suzy Dorr

Suzy Dorr

— Suzanne Vogel “Suzy” Dorr, known for her colorful travel stories and her coverage of the social events of Naples, has died. She was 79.

She died either late Wednesday or Thursday morning and was found by a neighbor in her Pelican Bay condo, less than a day after her birthday.

Dorr, a Midwest native, had lived in countries around the world, from Thailand to Turkey and Egypt and in South America, and parlayed her extensive relationships there into a travel writing career avocation after the death of her husband. But she was known in Naples for her stories on local social events, working for the weekly Naples Star and then Ambience magazine and the Naples Daily News.

During the winter social season in Naples, her freelance stories appeared nearly every week in the Neapolitan section recounting charitable events.

Two stories from galas last week under her byline are still scheduled to appear Sunday in the Neapolitan section of the Naples Daily News.

“She loved people,” said her friend and confidante, retired landscape architect Jack Lieber. “That was her whole existence — getting to know people and writing about them. Her stories were special because of the way she wrote. The way she used words was remarkable — you could take the byline off her story and I still would know it was hers.”

Naples Mayor John Sorey who, with his wife, Delores, were close friends, said: “She was so involved in the community and her reporting had such a flair. She was a great lady.”

Roger Weatherburn Baker, a friend, had taken her out for a birthday dinner Tuesday.

“I was urging her to write her biography because she’d seen so much,” he said. “She was just an endless font of stories, and there wasn’t a country in the world she hadn’t been to.”

Her editor at the Daily News said she was both an accomplished writer and friend.

“I think most people knew Suzy for the charm of her writing, but she was also an extremely accurate and thorough writer,” said Harriet Howard Heithaus, Daily News Neapolitan editor. “There was also no truer friend than Suzy, always ready to help in need. She did it quietly, but she was always there for people. She will be missed sorely here for both her skill and her friendship.”

Dorr leaves one sister. Funeral plans are pending.

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