Dorothy Y. Wright

Age 75: Guidance counselor and teacher worked in Baltimore schools for 26 years.

July 06, 2008

Dorothy Young Wright, a retired guidance counselor and teacher in the Baltimore City public school system, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 75.

Born Dorothy Boone in Raleigh, N.C., Ms. Wright moved to Northwest Baltimore at age 8 and graduated from Douglass High School in 1949.

Ms. Wright graduated from Morgan State University in 1953 with a degree in history and received a master's degree in guidance counseling from Loyola College in 1975. She worked as a counselor for 26 years in city schools before leaving in 1991.

Then-Baltimore mayor Kurt L. Schmoke proclaimed June 30, 1991, as "Dorothy Wright Day" in honor of her retirement. Ms. Wright had volunteered on Schmoke's campaign.

In 1975, she married Wendell Wright. Her first marriage, to Ernest D. Young, ended in divorce. Mr. Wright died in 2000.

After leaving the school system, Ms. Wright worked for Coppin State University and then part time as a counselor for the Gilman School's Upward Bound program.

"She was very outgoing, very sociable and had a lot of friends," said Marsha Koger of Timonium, one of Ms. Wright's daughters. "She was very giving; gave of her time, money and really loved being around young people. She enjoyed the counseling."

Ms. Wright worked primarily at Hampstead Hill Junior High School, Edmondson High School and Herring Run Middle School. She was named Guidance Counselor of the Year in 1982 by Virginia Union University.

In addition to her work in the school system, Ms. Wright served on the board of directors of the Cloisters Children's Museum; was chairwoman of the scholarship committee of the George F. Bragg School Fund operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland; and was the Talent Expo director for the Lois J. Wright Memorial Concert Series Inc. Ms. Wright was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

She enjoyed reading books and founded several book clubs. Jazz and classical music often filled her house, and she frequently had parties, including a recent gathering to celebrate her recovery from an illness.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St Thomas' Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, in Towson. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking donations to be made to the University of Baltimore Foundation, care of the Dorothy Wright Scholarship.

Ms. Wright is survived by another daughter, Leslie Green of Towson; a stepson, Granville Wright of Towson; a sister, Rosalena Boone of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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