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A Smart Cool Asset

By Bill

Having a pool in your backyard is no longer considered a bad thing

To hear Dotsie Doran describe it, it was the deal of a lifetime: trading cancer for a swimming pool. It all began late in 1995, when Dotsie, an interior decorator and third-generation resident of backcountry Greenwich, got the news. She had colon cancer. A few months later, there were more bad tidings. She had breast cancer, too.

Different people deal differently with trauma. Dotsie worked in her chemotherapy around a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate her daughter's wedding and hit up her worried husband, Bob, with a list of things she'd like to have — a new car, a fur coat and a swimming pool. "I wanted people coming to visit me to have a nice place to sit," she says about the pool.

Left unspoken but in the back of her mind was the idea a pool would also be great fun for a grandchild. At the time, she had no grandchildren, but she hoped she would someday and that she would be around to play with them.

After Bob agreed 'I think he just thought, whatever she wants', Dotsie placed a call to a friend, landscape architect Susan Cohen. "I told her I have an emergency," Dotsie recalls. "I need a pool."