Beverly A. Wright, a retired media account executive whose reputation for developing lifelong ties with her clients, friends and family, died Oct. 7 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from pneumonia coupled with sarcoidosis. The Baltimore City resident was 69.
“She was able to attract people [with] her personality and her warmth,” said Matthews W. Wright, her husband of 44 years. “I think that was the thing that magnetized people to her.”
Beverly Ann Scriber, daughter of Clarence Scriber, a longshoreman, and his wife, Ethel Royal, a beautician, was born in Baltimore City and raised on Payson Street alongside neighborhood friends with whom she remained in close touch throughout her life. She graduated from Northwestern High School in 1970 before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Coppin State University, where she met her husband.
Mr. Wright can still picture the first time he spotted the woman who would become his wife during a basketball game at Coppin State, where she stood out from the crowd in a gele head wrap, knit outfit, slingback heels and “a good pair of stockings,” he said. The couple were married in 1977.
Ms. Wright launched her career while at Coppin State through an internship in the WJZ-TV newsroom. The experience earned her a full-time job after graduation on the television station’s traffic desk in the sales department.
She later joined Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper in 1980 as an account executive before moving to radio sales at WPOC. The account executive worked throughout her career for numerous stations, such as Radio One Baltimore, WLIF, WYPR and WBIG, as well as the Baltimore Catholic Review.
Aside from her business acumen, Ms. Wright carefully cultivated her professional relationships, which customers responded to with loyalty as she moved through media markets in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She retired in 2009 due to illness caused by sarcoidosis.
Outside work, Ms. Wright, together with her husband, raised two children, Aisha and Jason. Much like her business relationships, Ms. Wright maintained close ties with family and friends throughout the state. With dozens of extended family members living in St. Mary’s County, Ms. Wright insisted on making frequent trips south to visit them in hopes that her children would grow up knowing their relatives.
Ms. Wright was a talented cook known for presenting elaborate holiday feasts for the family. Some of her specialty recipes included Maryland crab soup and dinner rolls made following her mother’s recipe.
Ms. Wright was also a devout Catholic who attended services at St. Edward’s Catholic Church and St. Jude Shrine Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore.
Family members are planning a private celebration of her life for the spring.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Wright is survived by her daughter Aisha Wright-Burke (Jenero) of Sandy Springs, Georgia; her son, Jason M.R. Wright; her sisters, Clarice Scriber Phillips (Irving) and Elizabeth S. Case (Raymund) of Baltimore; her sisters-in-law, Verna Dorsey and Shirley Parker; her niece, Ryan Case (and partner, Sean Hanley) of Baltimore; her nephews, Webster Phillips III, Christian Case and Jeremy Case, all of Baltimore; and other relatives and friends.