Helen Fenneman Dorsey, 96, Gilman teacher, musician...

April 07, 2002

Helen Fenneman Dorsey, 96, Gilman teacher, musician

Helen Fenneman Dorsey, a former Gilman School teacher, camp counselor, violinist and woodworker, died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 96.

Born Helen Martien in Baltimore, she grew up in Mount Washington, graduated from Friends School of Baltimore and earned a degree at Pine Manor College in Boston.

She studied the violin at the Peabody Conservatory and played with the Johns Hopkins University Orchestra and with various chamber music groups, said her daughter, Helen M. Fenneman of Baltimore. She also performed at impromptu musicales with her mother, a pianist; a sister, also a pianist; and a brother and sister, both of whom played the cello.

During the Depression and World War II, she ran a summer camp on the Bryn Mawr School grounds. She taught woodworking and carpentry at Gilman School from the mid-1930s until 1947 and from 1951 to 1952.

In 1928, she married Lawrence B. Fenneman, a Baltimore tax judge. They were divorced in 1949. Two years later, she married Charles W. Dorsey, a doctor. The couple moved to Galax, Va., and Mrs. Dorsey played violin for the Roanoke Symphony, her daughter said.

When her husband died in the late 1970s, Mrs. Dorsey returned to Maryland. She lived with a brother in Trappe, on the Eastern Shore, until 1982, when she moved into the Presbyterian Home.

She was a former member of 11 community groups in Maryland and Virginia, including the Baltimore Opera Guild, the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Junior Red Cross and the Historical Society of Talbot County.

Mrs. Dorsey also made hand-carved wooden bird houses and footstools, played golf and tennis, and did knitting and crewel work. She continued to play the violin until she was in her 80s, family members said.

Services were held yesterday at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a stepson, Charles L. Dorsey of Napa, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Margaret D. Purser of Durham, N.C.; a sister, Louise M. Kelsey of Easthampton, Mass.; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gladys Graham, 80, beautician

Gladys Graham, a 60-year resident of Baltimore and a beautician in the city for nearly 50 years, died Sunday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications from surgery. She was 80.

Born Gladys Jenkins in Lake City, S.C., she married Frederick Douglass Graham of Lake City and moved to Baltimore as a 20-year- old newlywed in 1941. She was trained as a beautician in 1945 and worked at a beauty shop on Franklin Street.

In 1957, her husband died suddenly. Mrs. Graham, the mother of four small children, opened a beauty shop in her home on West Lanvale Street in Northwest Baltimore.

She continued to work from her home until 1994, and lived in the Lanvale Street house until her final illness, said her daughter, Rosalind Graham of Baltimore.

Mrs. Graham was a longtime member and served as an usher during the 1950s at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St., where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, Lloyd Graham Sr. of Baltimore and Frederick D. Graham Jr. of Laurel; another daughter, Evangeline Graham Roberts of Catonsville; two sisters, Lillian Scott of Somerville, N.J., and Donnerlee Brown of the Bronx, New York; a brother, Luther Jenkins of Lake City, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Roy Huggins, 87, a producer and writer whose witty, long-running television series helped the medium grow up during the 1950s and 1960s, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

During a television career that spanned more than four decades, his hits included Maverick, The Fugitive and The Rockford Files. Mr. Huggins wrote about 350 scripts for television and film, many under the pseudonym John Thomas James, taken from the names of his three sons.

"One of television's great storytellers," in the words of TV historian Christopher Anderson, Mr. Huggins invented characters that often lasted long after he stopped working on the series. Some of his shows, including Maverick and The Fugitive, had a second life on the movie screen.

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