Dorsey Kent Wallace, who taught art in Baltimore County public schools for 27 years, died of kidney failure Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 55.
Mr. Wallace was born and raised in Cambridge, and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1965.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1969 and began teaching in county schools in 1970.
The former Glen Burnie resident retired in 1997 from Dundalk High.
Earlier, he had been on the faculty of Owings Mills and Sparrows Point high schools.
After retiring from teaching and until moving back to Cambridge last year, Mr. Wallace was a resident manager for Bello Machre.
The organization, whose name in Gaelic means "home of my heart," operates 47 homes in Anne Arundel County that provide independent living for people with special needs.
An accomplished artist, Mr. Wallace worked in oils and acrylics and enjoyed painting wildflowers.
He also collected crystal and Asian artwork.
His marriage to the former Irene K. Shaffer ended in divorce.
Services were held yesterday at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home in Cambridge.
He is survived by two daughters, Ginger W. Griffey of Columbia and J. Korrie Borkowski of Catonsville; his mother and stepfather, Dot and Richard Asplen of Cambridge; and a granddaughter.