William E. Dimorier: Erie’s Forgotten Educator and Servant Leader

August 7th,2018 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Ann Silverthorn

William E. Dimorier (1871-1951) was an Erie School District educator dedicated to service and leadership. Born on a farm, he was 31 years old before he earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. Hired as an English teacher at Erie High School in 1906, Dimorier took on many roles, including major fundraising for Ainsworth Field. Later as assistant principal of Academy High School, he served as the catalyst for the Veterans Stadium project. Dimorier demonstrated how a person from humble beginnings can lead a life of service and leave a legacy that reaches around the globe and spans centuries. 

Ann Silverthorn

Ann Silverthorn, M.A., spent more than a decade researching and writing the story of Erie educator, William E. Dimorier, after finding his handwritten book of original poetry. In addition to biography, Ann explores many forms of writing, including novels, poetry, and media. On her blog, she writes about a wide variety of topics, such as entertainment, travel, and wellness. Ann earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Gannon University, with a minor in business. She holds a certificate in leadership and management from the University of Notre Dame. Ann graduated from the Erie Ambassador Program in 2014 and serves in various volunteer capacities in northwest Pennsylvania.