Dorothy Lee Collison, 16, South River High honors student, athlete


Dorothy Lee Collison, a South River High School honors student and athlete, was killed in a motorcycle accident Dec. 30 in Chesapeake Beach. The Mayo resident was 16.

She was thrown from a motorcycle which left the roadway after the operator lost control. She died at the scene of the accident, which is under investigation, according to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office. .

Dorothy, who was known as "Dor" or "Dar," was born in Annapolis and spent her early years in Bowie. She had attended Rockledge Elementary School in Bowie and Central Middle School in Edgewater.

A varsity cheerleader and junior at South River High, she was also a member of the school's track and field team, and participated in state gymnastics finals. She was a member of the National Honor Society and outside school of the Whitehall swim team.

"Her death is such a tragic loss," said Nancy R. Baker, chairman of the guidance department. "She was one of those gentle souls, and you can't help but question why one so young has to die. She was an honors student and just a wonderful, loving and caring kid."

Ms. Baker remembered the teenager's enthusiasm for learning.

"Education to her was very, very important, and she came from a family where education was a family value," Ms. Baker said.

Dorothy was a talented artist who worked in a variety of media.

"Dorothy was in middle school when an abstract watercolor she had done was selected for display in the governor's mansion in Annapolis," said her father, Nicholas T. Collison. "It was quite a big deal. There was a reception, and she had her picture taken with Gov. [Parris N.] Glendening. She had a rich and full life for a person who had lived only 16 years. She would have celebrated her 17th birthday next week."

In addition to her artwork, Dorothy enjoyed writing poetry and listening to music. She was a member of Harvest Assembly of God in Harwood.

"Her favorite color was pink, and all of her friends wore pink to the funeral," said her father.

Services were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Edgewater.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her mother, Kelly P. Collison; a brother, Michael J. Collison of Mayo; a half-brother, Scott Bounds of Bowie; a half-sister, Shannon Stokes of Bel Air; her paternal grandparents, E. Aubrey and Martha Lee Collison of Mayo; several aunts and uncles; and 17 cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Lee Collison Scholarship Fund at South River High School, c/o Nancy R. Baker, South River High School, 201 Central Ave. East, Edgewater 21037.

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