On June 15th 2014, Phyllis Drohat died peacefully at the age of 86 with family at her side. Beloved wife of the late DeWitt C. Drohat for 62 years, devoted father of Alex (Rachel) Drohat and Greg (Kathy) Drohat, and cherished grandmother of Grant, Jacob, Philip, Amanda, and Jack. Phyllis was born in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, by her parents, Oliver and Carrie Applegate. She attended Mt. Holyoke College, graduating in 1950, and obtained a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, in 1951. She married DeWitt “Doc” Drohat, a Syracuse classmate, and they moved to Washington, DC, in 1951.
Phyllis enjoyed a productive and rewarding career with the Agency for International Development, US Department of State. She rose through the ranks to reach the senior executive service, at a time when the vast majority of her contemporaries were men, and she was recognized for efforts in promoting equal opportunity employment.
Phyllis and Doc raised two sons, Alex and Greg, in Rockville, Maryland. They enjoyed summer vacations on Beals Island, Maine, and weekend trips to Shenandoah National Park and Williamsburg. Phyllis enjoyed all things government and politics, reading, playing bridge, and attending the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington-area theatre, and enthusiastically supported ski trips with her “three” boys. Phyllis and Doc lived in Boonsboro, Md. for 20 years until moving recently to Ellicott City, Md. to be closer to family. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, Md. on Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m.