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John W. Dorsey, UMBC chancellor
John W. Dorsey, UMBC chancellor

John W. Dorsey, former chancellor of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County who later returned to the classroom where he taught economics, died Monday of respiratory failure at his Laurel home. He was 78. "Many believe that he saved UMBC from several alternative fates, from absorption to closure, and set it onto the sound course that leads to today," said Joseph N. Tatarewicz, an associate professor of history at UMBC and director of the university's human context of science and technology program. "Dr. Dorsey became chancellor of UMBC, which is equivalent to president today, in 1977 during a difficult period for the university," he said. The son of John...

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