Dorothy Hunt Finley, a retired educator and owner of a successful beer distributorship who poured her considerable energy — and money — into dozens of philanthropic causes in Tucson, died Wednesday. She was 92.

Finley, a rancher’s daughter who grew up in Cochise County, was involved in countless educational, charitable and economic development agencies.

She is the namesake of the Dorothy H. Finley Space Exploratorium and Challenger Learning Center at the Pima Air and Space Museum as well as the Dorothy Finley Child Development Center.

A list of Finley’s affiliations runs around 90 entries. Among them are the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tucson Economic Council, Pima County Juvenile Court, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Urban League, the Arizona Theater Co., the state liquor board, and the University of Arizona Wildcat Club.

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