Dorothy R. Crosby, 82, homemaker, animal lover

February 26, 2004

Dorothy R. Crosby, a homemaker and animal lover, died of respiratory failure Feb. 19 at Sinai Hospital. The Timonium resident was 82.

She was born Dorothy Ricketts in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. A 1939 graduate of Roland Park Country School, she earned a bachelor's degree in modern European languages from the University of Maryland in 1942.

Mrs. Crosby taught French and Spanish at Garrison Junior High School until 1947, when she gave up teaching to raise her family.

She was married in 1944 to Dr. Benjamin S. Crosby Jr., a now-retired Baltimore dentist.

"Dotty always loved animals and supported a number of wildlife organizations as well as the local Humane Society. There was always room in her heart for helpless creatures, and more than one abandoned dog was rescued and found a place in her home," Dr. Crosby said.

Mrs. Crosby would often take her dog Skippy, a terrier, to cheer patients at Stella Maris Hospice, family members said.

She enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Canaan, N.H.

Mrs. Crosby was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Lutherville, where services were held Tuesday.

She is also survived by two sons, Benjamin S. Crosby III of Medford, Mass., and Paul Merle Crosby of Williston, S.C., and a daughter, Ruth Carolyn Crosby of New Park, Pa.

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