Jean D. Pryor, 85, Towson library worker

August 16, 2005

Jean D. Pryor, a former Baltimore County public library worker and secretarial school admissions director, died Friday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at HeartHomes, a Lutherville assisted-living facility. The former Towson resident was 85.

Jean Dougherty Smith was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. During World War II, she was a defense worker.

During the war, she met her future husband, James A. Pryor, an accountant who was serving with the U.S. Army in Scotland. The couple married in 1945. After working in Europe for three years, they moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1948, then to Towson in 1960.

Mrs. Pryor was a supervisor at the Towson Library in the 1970s, and later was admissions director at Pryor School of Business, a Towson secretarial school established by her husband in the late 1970s. It closed in 1984. Her husband died in 2001.

Mrs. Pryor was a longtime volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She enjoyed gardening, raising English springer spaniels, and attending performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Services are private.

Survivors include a son, Douglas J. Pryor of Lutherville; a daughter, Denise Pryor Royston of Norfolk, Va.; and a sister, Eileen McDermitt of Glasgow.

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