Elinor at Cape Leewin LIghthouse, Australia
In addition to teaching, Elinor has helped charter several nonprofit groups devoted to lighthouse preservation and is the Education Chair of the American Lighthouse Council and a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. A professor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, Elinor is a sought-after speaker.
Elinor writes in her home office overlooking the beautiful Olympic Mountains, her walls and shelves decorated with lighthouse memorabilia collected over years of faithful, fervent research.
“I surround myself with my fascinations,” says DeWire. “Everyone needs a passion in life; mine is lighthouses.”
DeWire’s husband, Jonathan, a retired navy officer, and her two children and two grandchildren have fond memories of the family’s many travels to lighthouses. Her daughter, Jessica DeWire, volunteers for the Keepers of Point Robinson and for the Vashon Heritage Museum. Her husband, Jonathan, plays the “Lighthouse Santa” every December at Point Robinson Lighthouse.