Doris M. Tyler, 75, taught at Morgan for 31 years

August 30, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Doris M. Tyler, who taught writing and English at Morgan State University for 31 years, died of renal failure and diabetes Aug. 23 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The longtime Northwood resident was 75.

Born and raised in Washington, Doris M. Morris was a graduate of Dunbar High School. She was the first member of her family to attend college, earning her bachelor's degree in English from Boston University in 1948 and her master's from Smith College in 1950. She also studied for a doctorate at Bryn Mawr College.

Mrs. Tyler began her teaching career in 1950 at Maryland State College in Princess Anne, now the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

In 1962, she joined the faculty of Morgan, where the classes she taught included the popular senior seminar in English literature.

"Her literature courses were charged with dynamic energy and recitations," said her daughter, Natalie Tyler of Rodgers Forge. "Her favorite poets were Shelley, Keats, Blake and Donne, which she referred to as her `twert's and wert's.'"

The dean of Morgan's College of Liberal Arts, Burney J. Hollis, said, "She was my teacher in 1966 and introduced me to the high standards of the English department."

"While she was a very demanding and resourceful teacher, you could always sense her joy of learning. As Chaucer said, `She would gladly learn, and gladly teach,'" the former English Department chairman said.

She retired from full-time teaching in 1993 but continued part time for several years.

Mrs. Tyler, a music enthusiast, enjoyed attending the opera. Her collecting interests ranged from books to walking sticks.

She was an active communicant of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 6515 Loch Raven Blvd., where she served on the vestry, gave readings and taught poetry. A memorial service will be held there at 10 a.m. Sept. 7.

Her marriage to Nathaniel A. Tyler ended in divorce.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a sister, Sandra M. King-Shaw of Rockville; and several nephews and nieces.

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