Dorothea Benson, 82, headed school art department


Dorothea A. Benson, 82, retired chairman of the art department at Towson Junior High School, died Sunday at her home on Valley Lane in Towson of pneumonia and cancer.

Funeral services will be at 9 p.m. today at the Lemmon-Mitchell Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Mrs. Benson retired in 1973 after teaching at the school for 20 years.

After her retirement, she continued to paint scenes of Towson and northern Baltimore County.

The former Dorothea A. Anderson was a native of Bethlehem, Pa., and a graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, where she studied commercial art. She later earned a bachelor's degree at the Maryland Institute and a master's degree at Towson State University.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Towson and served as historian of the Bou-Tem-Sci Club, an auxiliary at Boumi Temple.

Her husband, Alfred C. Benson, is a retired mechanical engineer Edgewood Arsenal.

Other survivors include a son, Craig Robert Benson of Glen Arm; a brother, Robert Anderson of Waitsfield, Vt., and a granddaughter.

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