Remembering Lifelong Vanderbilt Woman’s Club Member
Dorothy Jean Wright
Died at age 92 on December 18, 2012, after a long illness. She was born in Memphis on October 15, 1920, the daughter of Joel Falcon Walker and Rosa Weakley Walker. Her husband, Joseph Edward Wright, Emeritus Professor of Speech and Drama at Vanderbilt University, died in 2006. Dorothy Jean grew up on a farm in Shelby County, attended State Teachers College in Memphis, later the University of Memphis, and also attended George Peabody College for Teachers. Before her marriage in 1943 she worked as a laboratory technician for Plough, Inc. where she tested gunpowder for the war effort. After moving to Nashville in 1946, Dorothy Jean became active in the Vanderbilt Cooperative Nursery School, which her children attended. She later served as the organization's Director. She was PTA president for her children's elementary schools, Knox and Eakin, and was also on the Board of the South Street Community Center. She was active with the former Children's Museum, now the Adventure Science Museum. She was a member of the Vanderbilt Garden Club for many years, serving as its President in 1990 and 1991. She was a lifetime member of the Vanderbilt Woman's Club. Until her illness she was a member of the Nashville Jane Austen Society and the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the DAR. She is survived by her children, Charlotte Wright (Graham Staines), Paul Wright (Trish Franks-Wright), and David Wright (Maryjane Turbett); her grandchildren, Lisa Nilson, Amanda Henk (Chris), Ted Wright, and Tom Wright; and two great-grandchildren, Elliott and Hazel Henk. Dorothy Jean was a warm, loving, and generous wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend whom all will miss. The family will hold a memorial service for her at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Dorothy Jean's name to Alive Hospice, www.alivehospice.org, or the Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org.