Dorothy Washburn Dundas


While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the early 1960s, Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a "schizophrenic"and forced to undergo combined insulincoma-electroshock "treatment." She experienced and witnessed many atrocities and believes that luck, determination, her own anger and one compassionate advocate were her best friends on the road to her survival and freedom. In 1967, she received her BA in sociology from Boston University and then taught in the Boston Public Schools. Through a number of op-ed pieces and her poster, “Behind Locked Doors,”which she created from her hospital records, she has voiced her opposition to abusive psychiatric practices. She lives in the Boston area where she has raised her four wonderful children and founded and is the sole driver in her "safe, friendly and reliable" car service, The Crystal Lake Express.