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Harold A. Dorsey

MANSFIELD: Harold Aaron Dorsey, 79, passed this life Friday, May 10, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

Mr. Dorsey was born on Thursday, June 22, 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky and had lived in Mansfield the past 64 years. Harold was the first African American student to graduate from St. Peters Catholic High School in 1951. After high school Harold continued his education at Ohio University and later after serving in the military he received his Masters Degree in Sociology from Ohio State University. Harold was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War serving as a military police in Germany.

During his career Harold was the assistant director of Community Action Program (CAP). After his position with CAP he became the Executive Director of the Mansfield Opportunities & Industrialization Corporation (MOIC) retiring in 1995 after 25 of service. Along with his responsibilities at MOIC Harold taught Sociology at the Mansfield Branch of Ohio State University for many years. A very outspoken advocate in the community for civil rights Harold served 2 terms as President of the NAACP. If there was a hint of discrimination Harold Dorsey was the first person to see. He was recognized for his community involvement numerous times through the years including by the Madison Twp. Fire Department and 16 years on the Board of Trustees with the Mansfield Public Library where he served two terms as President.

Harold is survived by his wife of 48 years Julia; daughter: Michele Dorsey, Columbus; 3 sons: Harold Dorsey, II, Kevin Grace, Mansfield, and Michael (Sherry) Dorsey, Mesquite, Texas; step daughter: Melody Johnson, Dayton; step father: James Schoolfield, Mansfield; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his mother Mary Schoolfield, father A.B. Dorsey and 2 brothers.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, at 11:00 AM in the Ruth Anna Lee Williams memorial chapel of Williams Funeral Services with the Rev. Dr. Laurence Rawls officiating. The family will receive friends in the chapel one hour prior to the service.

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Published in the News Journal from May 12 to May 14, 2013
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