Dorothy Abbenhouse served as President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1987 - 1993. While in her early twenties, she became a member of the Theosophical Society in Canada before later moving to the Seattle area. In 1970 Dorothy helped open the first Quest Book Shop in Seattle where she worked as bookstore manager for three years. She also served as President of the Seattle Branch of the T.S. and President of the Northwest Federation. In addition, Dorothy and her husband John served for 14 years as resident managers of Camp Indralaya, a theosophical camp on Orcas Island. During her 6 years as President of the Theosophical Society, Dorothy stressed the importance of meditation as part of the theosophical life and gave frequent workshops on the topic.