Dorothy `Dot' Bunting, 93, gave to charitable causes

December 29, 2004|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Dorothy "Dot" Bunting, a philanthropist who helped build a Johns Hopkins cancer research building and supported Roman Catholic charitable causes, died of cancer yesterday at her Green Spring Valley home. She was 93.

Born Dorothy Williams in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington, she was valedictorian of her 1929 class at the old Mount St. Agnes High School.

Attending the old Baltimore Business College, she met G. Lloyd Bunting Sr., son of the founder of Noxzema Chemical Co., whom she married in 1933.

After graduating, she worked in the business office of Harry T. Campbell Co. in Towson.

Family members said yesterday that Mrs. Bunting - whose husband died in 1990 - was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They said she appreciated the hard work and loyalty of employees at what became Noxell Corp., and later a division of Procter & Gamble. They also said she had the ability to reach out, connecting with people and forming extraordinary and lasting friendships.

Over the years, Mrs. Bunting gave to numerous charities in the fields of education and health care.

In the late 1990s, she made a substantial gift to Johns Hopkins Medicine to help build a 10-story cancer research center at 1650 Orleans St.

The facility, which opened in January 2000, bears the name of two Baltimore philanthropic families. The Bunting Family-Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Cancer Research Building houses 450 medical researchers.

"She was a gentle woman with a strong desire to do good in the world," said Robert R. Lindgren, vice president for development of the Johns Hopkins Institutions.

Mrs. Bunting donated to the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Catholic Charities and St. Mary's Seminary and University. She also was a donor to the Catholic girls' Oakcrest School in McLean, Va., and to Maryland Institute College of Art.

Family members said she also privately assisted students with scholarships to local private and religious high schools.

They said Mrs. Bunting worked for the beautification of her community through her many years of membership in the Mount Washington Garden Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 5800 Smith Ave., where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, George L. Bunting Jr.; two daughters, Dorothy Bunting Duffy and Mary Catherine Bunting; and a sister, Catherine Knott, all of the Baltimore area and northern Virginia; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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