Alford, Dorothy Burkett, 1920-2012


Alford, Dorothy Burkett, 1920-2012


Bio: Dorothy Burkett Alford, also known as Palmie (b. Dorothy Jean Burkett, July 4, 1920, Eastland, Texas-d. March 17, 2012, San Antonio, Texas), secretary. She spent her early years in California and Texas, graduating from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, California in 1936 and attending the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She trained as a legal secretary and worked for attorneys and political figures during her career, including Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson, and managed the campaign offices for Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and Judge Ralph Yarborough. Alford also worked for the State Democratic Executive Committee as Executive Secretary during the tenure of Governor Preston Smith and as secretary to several committees at State Democratic conventions. She married Sam B. Plyler in 1940 and Colonel David Gaston Alford in 1972. The Alfords lived in Wichita Falls, Texas before moving to Air Force Village II in San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Joe W. Burkett of Eastland, Texas. Alford is interred in Eastland City Cemetery in Eastland, Texas.


Cong. Lyndon B. Johnson poses with group of ladies. Woman in striped dress is Dorothy Plyler. Party at Cong. Lyndon B. Johnson's home, 1901 Dillman Street, Austin, Texas, ca. 1947. Photo # 47-13-12.Pre-Presidential Photo Collection, LBJ Presidential Library. No source information available: copyright restrictions may apply.


LBJ Connection: Member, LBJ’s Congressional staff; Campaign worker