Dorothy E. Harvey, 70, teacher, church lay leader

September 15, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Dorothy E. Harvey, who counseled generations of students and was a lay leader in the United Methodist Church, died of cancer Sept. 8 at her Galesville home. She was 70.

When she retired in 1990, she was supervisor of guidance in the Prince George's County public school system, where she worked for 39 years.

"She was a solid, Christian woman," said the Rev. Charlotte Hendee, pastor of Galesville United Methodist Church. "She had strong opinions and didn't mind letting you know them. She was a vocal advocate for lay participation in the church."

Friends and family members said she was influenced in her career choice by her father, the Rev. Thomas Ehlers, a United Methodist minister, and his brother, Art Ehlers, who was general manager of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1950s.

As a young woman, she played softball, basketball, tennis and was a swimmer. She was an enthusiastic Baltimore Colts fan.

Mrs. Harvey began her career as a physical education teacher at Bladensburg Junior High School in 1953. In 1956, while at Bladensburg Senior High, she was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

"That was phenomenal for a young teacher," said Mary Lucas, a retired fellow teacher and friend who lives in Annapolis. "Many of her students still kept in touch with her."

In 1958, she became a guidance counselor and served as supervisor of guidance in Prince George's County from 1976 until her 1990 retirement.

"She extended herself to her staff," said Letitia Bryce, a retired counselor who lives in Severna Park. "If we had a problem, we felt comfortable with her. She had knowledge and would help. She was energizing, determined and committed."

Mrs. Harvey was a lay representative to the United Methodist Church's Board of Ordained Ministries. In this capacity she helped examine candidates to the Methodist ministry.

She spent eight summers as the assistant manager of the West River United Methodist Center, a church camp, and arranged a popular Christmas house tour of Galesville, where her family had owned a home for many years.

A member of the Prince George's County Retired Teachers Association, she was a national certified counselor and sat on the national group's ethics review committee.

Born in Aberdeen, Dorothy Ehlers was a graduate of Maryland Park High School in Maryland Park. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1951 and a master's degree in education from George Washington University in 1963.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Galesville United Methodist Church, 4825 Church Lane, Galesville.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Charles E. Harvey; a brother, Thomas B. Ehlers of Dayton in Howard County; two sisters, Sara Jane Joseph of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Lois Ann Bird of Galesville; a stepson, Dennis Harvey of Lanham; a stepdaughter, Denise Fenwick of Colonial Beach, Va.; and nieces and nephews.

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