Dorothy Clarke Clifford, 88, state rehab counselor


Dorothy Clarke Clifford, a retired state rehabilitation counselor who loved to travel, died of heart failure yesterday at Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville. She was 88.

Born in Norfolk, Va., she moved to Maryland at a young age, said Dickens Warfield of Cockeysville, Mrs. Clifford's cousin.

She graduated from the former St. Mary's Female Seminary in 1932, and earned a bachelor's degree from Washington College in 1936 and earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

In 1940, she married Dr. Robert Clifford. They divorced seven years later.

Their daughter, Josephine Clifford, died at age 18. A son died days after his birth.

"She was an avid traveler," Mrs. Warfield said. "She just loved it. She'd been to Italy, China, Japan, Egypt, London. Egypt was her favorite. She went on a trip at least once a year until she got too frail. And she usually went with a good friend."

Mrs. Clifford attended St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where she had been a member for at least three decades. She often volunteered at the church's thrift shop, Mrs. Warfield said.

"She also did some community theater, although she didn't do as much of that as she wanted to," Mrs. Warfield said.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday.

Mrs. Clifford also is survived by a nephew.

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