Grace L. Venture, who had taught art in Baltimore County public schools and later taught emotionally disturbed children, died of heart failure Thursday at Sinai Hospital. She was 86.
She was born and raised Grace Lucille Dennis in Pittsburgh, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 from what is now Morgan State University. She later earned a master's degree in art from New York University and a doctorate in art therapy and program administration from Union Graduate School, a division of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Dr. Venture began teaching in county schools in the 1940s and took a leave of absence to teach at the old Winterode School on the grounds of Crownsville Hospital Center. She retired when the school closed in 1975.
She was an active life member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and had served as president of its Baltimore chapter. During the 1970s, she was the organization's eastern regional secretary.
A world traveler, Dr. Venture had visited Africa several times as well as Europe, the Far East and South America.
Dr. Venture was an active member for many years of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, at 1206 Etting St., where she had served on the finance committee for more than two decades, sang with the Good News Choir and was a member of United Methodist Women. A memorial service will be held there at noon Friday.
She is survived by several cousins. Her two marriages ended in divorce.