Dorothy Dempsey was born in 1922 and raised in the Bronx, New York. During World War II, Ms. Dempsey enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve. She completed boot camp in Palm Beach, Florida and served during the war years in Boston as a part of the 18th Regiment. After the war, Ms. Dempsey went to college using the GI Bill at the Rutgers-Newark School of Education and graduated from Kean (1970). In later years, Ms. Dempsey played an active role in Lyndhurst and throughout the State of New Jersey in promoting the recognition of women veterans. She designed the "Minutewoman" statue in the Arneytown Cemetery to honor women that served in all of America's wars.