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William R. Dorsey III
William R. Dorsey III

William R. Dorsey III, a retired maritime attorney who had been chairman of the Semmes, Bowen & Semmes law firm, died of kidney failure Jan. 15 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Ruxton resident was 80. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of William R. Dorsey Jr., a Chesapeake and Telephone Co. engineer, and Melanie Carroll Hopkinson, a homemaker. He grew up in Ruxton and was a 1952 graduate of the Gilman School, where he played tennis, baseball and basketball. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Virginia, where he was tennis team captain and sports editor of the Cavalier Daily. He later told friends the experience taught him to write on a deadline and to keep his message...