Jacqueline Dawson, 71

`Voice' of Sinai Hospital

November 24, 2006

Jacqueline Patricia Dawson, a longtime switchboard operator at Sinai Hospital, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 71.

Born Jacqueline Wright in Cambridge, she moved to Baltimore with her mother at the age of 8 or 9 and graduated from Catholic High School, where she never missed a day, said her daughter, Mary Wright of Parkville. She spent most of her life in Ednor Gardens.

After a number of years as a homemaker and then as a telephone operator for an apartment complex in Baltimore, she worked for Sinai Hospital almost 25 years ago.

She started as a clerk in the gift shop, then became an operator in the communications department 10 years ago. "She did the announcement at the end of the day when everybody had to leave," her daughter said. "All the employees called her `The Voice' - `Oh, she's the Voice of Sinai.'"

Her marriage to William F. Dawson II ended in divorce in 1977.

No service has been announced.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, William F. Dawson III of Baltimore; a daughter, Elizabeth Dawson Fink of Philadelphia; and a grandson.

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