Dorothy Jean Williams, 62, aquatic center director

July 16, 2002

Dorothy Jean Williams, director of Callow Hill Aquatic Center, died of cancer Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Ashburton resident was 62.

The former Dorothy Jean Smith was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., where she graduated from high school in 1959.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1963 from Howard University in Washington, and began her career with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks in 1966 as a senior recreation leader.

Mrs. Williams was senior recreation leader at Perkins Home Recreation Center and the Sharp Street Playground until 1978, when she was named director of the James McHenry Recreation Center.

She also had been director of the Upton Multi-Purpose Center and Chick Webb Aquatic Center. At the time of her death, she was director of Callow Hill Aquatic Center, a position she had held since 1997.

Mrs. Williams who had traveled widely, enjoyed collecting teapots and dolls. She also liked sports and exercising. Last year, she participated in the Race for the Cure 5K Race in Baltimore.

She was a member of New Psalmist Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial United Methodist Church, 5114 Windsor Mill Road.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter, Angela Denise Smith-Williams of Ashburton; three brothers, Harry Smith of Baltimore, John H. Smith of Philadelphia and Frank C. Smith of Washington; uncles, aunts and many cousins.

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