Dorothy Kaucher was born on October 27, 1892, in St. Joseph, Missouri. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the
University of Missouri in 1915 and began her teaching career in her home town, at Central High School. She went back to MU
as a graduate student in 1919, received a master's degree in English in 1920, and began her collegiate teaching career there
the same year. While she was teaching at MU, she earned a second bachelor's degree in journalism. Kaucher went on to pursue
her Ph.D. in English and speech from Cornell University. She graduated from Cornell in 1928, briefly taught at Wells College
in New York, and then moved to the West Coast in 1930 to teach speech and theatre arts at San José State Teacher's College.
During the 1934-1935 academic year she took a leave of absence when she was offered a visiting professor position at UC Berkeley.
She retired from San José State College in 1957.
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