Dorothy Black
1929 - 2021
Bosley Funeral Home
246 South Proctor Knot Avenue
Lebanon, KY
Dorothy Bridgwater Black
Dorothy Black of Houston, Texas, died September 5th at age 92. She was born in Louisville, Ky., daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Bridgwater. She graduated with high honors at Shawnee High School, attended the University of Louisville, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, editor of the Yearbook and was selected for several honorary societies. She finished her master's in social work from the University of Louisville in 1956.
She did professional work in Louisville and New Orleans, then was with the Office of Economic Opportunity in Eastern Kentucky. She became the Director of Social Work at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for 28 years through 1994. She was awarded The Susan L. Browder Memorial Award in 1995. She had a great love for and was a supporter of the Arts in Houston. Her home love was for the Montrose area where she lived for 50 years. She was also an avid world traveler with friends and family.
She was predeceased by her parents. She was also predeceased by her loving companion, Larry Phelps. She is survived by her sister Libby Hamilton (Jim MD), nephews Mark Hamilton MD (Amy MD), Joshua Hamilton PhD (Leticia), nieces Elizabeth Meshkoff (Pete), Ellen Campbell (Kent), and 3 grandnieces and one grandnephew.
She will be laid to rest in Lebanon, Kentucky. Memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army and to your local animal shelter. Inquiries to [email protected]
Published by Houston Chronicle on Oct. 10, 2021.
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I first met Dorothy at the Alliance Francais, where we both took French Classes trying to learn a difficult language from scratch at a not-spring-chicken age. In 2000, we traveled together to Atibes for an immersion French class and a wonderful time, and we remained friends until she passed. She was the epitome of a gracious Southern lady, and her graciousness and generosity extended to everyone she met. All of this also made her a fierce Progressive, dedicated to equal and humane treatment for everyone. Dorothy was almost never without a smile and a zest for new things and new friends. She was one of the most naturally social and gregarious people I have ever met, with an unequal talent for making friends. One of the stories she told me about her early days at Texas Children's, where I believe she pretty much started the Social Work Program, was how she designed a system to catch Munchausen's By Proxy parents. These are parents who deliberately injure or sicken their children in order to get attention for the care they lavish on them in the hospital. Dorothy set up a video and monitoring system back in the days when there was not really technology to do this, and the hospital was able to apprehend several parents who were abusing their children when Hospital staff were not around. So she was an easy person to love, and also a person who really got things done. She made the world a better place. I am so grateful that she was in my life.
Linda Day
October 19, 2021
Dorothy was my supervisor at Texas Children´s Hospital. I learned a lot from her and was very fond of her. She made a great impact as the first social worker at that hospital. May she Rest In Peace. She was a legend. Raising a toast of a mint Julip in her memory...
Jennifer Stansbury
October 14, 2021
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