She became assistant to the president at the birth of The University of Texas at Tyler and also served as director for Sister Cities International taking tour groups to Europe. The couple has hosted seven exchange students through the years. While working for the university, Dot was a ghost writer and editor for 13 books.
Dot became the agenda consultant for Stein Mart after moving to Norman giving programs and style shows in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman for 10 years. During the past 20 years, she has been an active member of the Assistance League of Norman receiving the Blue Star Award in 2012. Presently she serves on the Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary Board. She is a member of Ex Libris Book Club and both Norman and Brookhaven Garden Clubs. She also received the Civic Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005 and served several years on the East Main Place Board.
Don and Dot are active in First Baptist Church where they are both deacons and serve on the church’s current remodeling project. Don has been a teacher and a Sunday school director.
Their greatest pride is in their son and daughter and their spouses and grandchildren: Lauren Adkins and husband, Dr. Ben Cornwell, Lane Adkins and her husband, Jake Krattiger and Cole Adkins, all of Norman; Dr. Tyler Troop, and his wife, Jill of Ardmore; Sarah Troop of Dallas; and Hannah Troop of Waco. Also Andrew Jimerson, Norman; Carey-Jayne Weingartner and her husband, Josh of Oklahoma City; and Julianne Christiansen and her husband, Andy of Bartlesville; and four very smart and beautiful great-grandchildren, Campbell and Anna Cornwell and Tate and Rhyder Troop.