Dali Cahill, 51, Associate Producer

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From The Boston Globe, June 5, 1991

Dorothy Cahill, 51, associate producer of Public television’s “Masterpiece Theater” and “Mystery!” at WGBH-TV (Ch. 2), died of cancer Tuesday in Youville Hospital, Cambridge. She was 51 and lived in Boston’s North End.

Ms. Cahill, known as Dali, had been with WGBH since 1973. Earlier she had worked on programs such as “ZOOM,” “Walsh’s Animals,” “Crockett’s Victory Garden” and “Evening at Pops.”

Born in Belmont, she graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art. During the 1960s she taught art at Somerville High School and at schools in Baltimore and on Long Island.

Ms. Cahill’s marriage to George Nick, a Boston artist, ended in divorce.

She leaves her mother, Adeline Cahill, of the North End.

A funeral Mass will be said at 9 tomorrow in St. Joseph’s Church, Belmont. Burial will be in Belmont town cemetery.


  1. Hunter Ohanian on September 2, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    She had a large circle of friends. I have a lot of her records.

  2. Harriet Reisen on April 1, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    I met Dali in the mail room at gbh when I first came to Boston. She showed me the city…Quincy Market before it was fancy Quincy Market, etc. When I got work on Walsh’s Animals, she was a natural recruit, and that’s where her career at gbh started.

  3. Beverly Shaffer on March 25, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    I worked with Dali on WALSH’S ANIMALS. She loved animals and she loved people – all kinds of people. She was a good person.

  4. Nathan Hasson on March 23, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Indeed, Dali was a life force.

    • Kate Bernhardt on March 26, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Not to mention one of the funniest people I’ve ever known.

  5. John Kronenberger on March 18, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Smartest, funniest…and nicest. Shared a small office with Dali for two years and, between laughs, was struck by her ability to get along with just about anybody,
    including people who were not nearly as nice as she was. Continue to miss her.

    • Marcia Hulley on March 25, 2022 at 6:27 pm

      I do too

  6. Susan Presson on March 18, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Dali was my mentor and my friend for all my time at W…yes…W!…GBH. And kind of a life mentor as well. One of the smartest, funniest people I ever met. In honor of Lent, I pass on her comments when someone asked her what she was giving up for Lent. She thought for a moment and then said, quite seriously, “Well, I MAY give up SOME of my eye makeup.”
    Words to live by.

    • Syrl Silberman on March 18, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      I agree, Dali was pretty wonderful.

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