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County official , Graphic designer

Dorothy Harris Wilken, American Graphic designer, county official ( art: visiting)graphic designer, county official. Member Boca Raton City Council, 1974-1978, mayor, 1976-1977; member Palm Beach County Commission, 1982-1988; member Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, 1982-1988, Ethical Conduct Board Boca Raton, 1980-1982.


Wilken, Dorothy Harris was born on January 2, 1936 in Annville, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of William Henry and Mary Magdalen (Kreider) Harris.


D.William Henry and Mary Magdalen (Kreider) Harris. Bachelor of Arts, George Washington University, 1957. Master of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic U., Boca Raton, 1979.

Divorced;children: Melany Ruth, Stephany Mary, Marjory Frances, Lorilee Elizabeth. Art director Journal American Institute of Architects, 1957-1959. Art editor Qualified Contractor, National Elec.

Contractors Association, 1959-1960. Studio manager graphics department Fla.Atlantic U., Boca Raton, 1965-1982. County commissioner Palm Beach County (Florida), 1982-1988.

Consultant, lecturer in field.


Wilken was a major proponent for the annexation of the community of University Park into the larger city of Boca Raton, Florida, during the early 1970s. She later served as the first female Mayor of Boca Raton and a Palm Beach County commissioner. In 1965, She moved to Boca Raton, Florida, to take a job with Florida Atlantic University.

Wilken, a resident of the former town of University Park, Florida, during the early 1970s, was a strong proponent for the annexation of the smaller town into the city of Boca Raton. Residents of Boca Raton and University Park approved the merger in a referendum held on July 27, 1971. Wilken only the second woman to serve of the Boca Raton city council.

Boca Raton city meeting minutes and the Boca Raton Historical Society indicate that another woman, Floy Mitchell, had previously served briefly on the council. In March 1976, the Boca Raton city council elected Wilken as the city's mayor. She was the first woman to serve as Mayor of Boca Raton.

She served as Mayor from March 1976 to February 1977, and again, briefly, during April 1977 following the resignation of Mayor Dick Houpana, who resigned just one month into his second term. The city established park impact fees and purchased the South Inlet Beach during Wilken's tenure. She also founded the Citizens for Reasonable Growth.

Dorothy Wilken was later elected as a Palm Beach County commissioner, first elected in 1982, and a clerk of courts in 1992, retiring in 2005.


Member Boca Raton City Council, 1974—1978, mayor, 1976—1977. Member Palm Beach County Commission, 1982—1988. Chairman Boca Raton Committee Annexation, 1974—1975.

Member Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, 1982—1988, Ethical Conduct Board Boca Raton, 1980—1982. Charter board director Citizens Crime Watch Boca Raton, since 1980, president, 1982. Member of League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Common Cause, Nature Conservancy, Florida Association County Commissioner, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Florida Atlantic University Alumnae Association, Women's Political Caucus, American Society Public Administrator, American Planning Association, Academy Political Science, George Washington University Alumnae Club, Wells College Alumnae Club.


Children: Melany Ruth, Stephany Mary, Marjory Frances, Lorilee Elizabeth.

William Henry Harris

Mary Magdalen (Kreider) Harris

Melany Ruth Wilken

Stephany Mary Wilken

Marjory Frances Wilken

Lorilee Elizabeth Wilken