Warren Dorsey Obituary (2022) – Frederick, Md, MD

Warren Gamaliel Dorsey, 101 of Frederick, passed away at home on Friday, July 8th, in the presence of family. Born in Sykesville, MD, on November 17th, 1920, to Edward M. and Carrie E. Dorsey, he was a premature baby not expected to live through the night. From a nursery ryhme his father told him as a child, he was nicknamed Tommy, then Tom, and called Uncle Tom by many.

Warren began his life of education at the Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse in 1926. He finished Grammar School in Johnsville then graduated as Valedictorian of Westminster’s Robert Moton High School in 1937. He hitchhiked to Baltimore to attend Morgan College (now Morgan State University) and finished as Salutatorian with a degree in Biology in 1943. He was awarded the prestigious Rosenwald Fellowship for his graduate work, but was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. Warren was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and sang in the base glee club. It was while singing that he met Carolyn Baugh of nearby Petersburg. They married in 1946 and moved to Frederick, MD where he started his career as a microbiologist at Fort Detrick. His work included earning a patent for a hypodermic needle and being published in scientific journals.

Warren and Carolyn attended Asbury Methodist Church where they both sang in the choir. They had three children, Glenn, Robin, and Susan and Warren became involved in their public school education becoming the President of the Lincoln High School PTA and running for the Frederick County School Board.

Warren remained involved in Church and Civic activities becoming President of the Frederick Organization for Rehabilitation and Treasurer of Asbury Church.

After his retirement from Ft. Detrick, Warren decided to finally pursue his graduate education and earned a Masters of Teaching from Goucher College in 1971, the first Black man to earn a degree from Goucher. He taught fifth and sixth grades, was a Vice Principal, and Principal in Frederick County Public Schools until he retired for good in 1981.

Warren spent his retirement continuing to sing and in political strategy endeavors. He was also Mr. Fix-It with his best buddies renovating structures around Frederick and for his children. He returned to sing in the church he grew up in, St Luke’s Methodist in Sykesville, and became part of the curriculum of Carroll County Schools volunteering about his experience as a child in that Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse.. It was during one of those sessions that he met the man that would become his biographer and became the subject of a book about his life and that of his family, In Carrie’s Footprints, named for his mother. The story of his mother prompted the Sykesville Town Council to name a park after his mother, and Warren was delighted to see Carrie Dorsey Park become a reality in the Summer of 2021. One of twelve children, family was very important to him.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Carolyn, by his parents Edward and Carrie, and by ten of his eleven siblings. He is survived by his three children, sons Glenn S. Dorsey of Frederick, and Robin H. Dorsey of Silver Spring, daughter Susan Y. Dorsey of Mechanicsville, VA, sister Rosie D. Hutchinson of Baltimore, devoted Goddaughter Shirlisa Snowden Carroll (William ) of Walkersville, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Fittingly, Warren donated his body to Science.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 8th at 1pm at St Paul’s United Methodist Church (7538 Main Street; Sykesville, MD 21784). A memorial service will follow at 2pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St Paul’s Church, for the Warren Dorsey Schoolhouse Scholarship.

Published by The Frederick News-Post from Jul. 20 to Jul. 21, 2022.

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