Lucille White Dettor, 84, head of printing company

September 16, 2005

Lucille White Dettor, who rose from a job as secretary to become president and chairwoman during nearly four decades at a Baltimore printing firm, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at her Towson home. She was 84.

Born and raised in the city, the former Lucille White was a 1939 graduate of Forest Park High School.

She became a secretary at the old Union Trust Co. in downtown Baltimore, and then at the Dulaney-Vernay commercial printing company. She started there as a secretary in 1945 and retired 38 years later after holding the posts of president and chairwoman of the board. At her 1983 retirement, the business was sold.

In 1946, she married Meredith "Jerry" Dettor, founder and president of a Towson insurance brokerage. He died this year.

Family members said the couple spent their time entertaining guests at their homes in Towson, Ocean City and Naples, Fla. They were members of Ocean City's Dunes Club and the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Florida.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include a sister, Rose Lee Coogan of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., two nieces and three nephews.

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