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January 28, 1999
CONTACT: Robin Rooks
Library Development Office

Goucher's President Emerita Examines Murder and Mystery in History

Step back in time with the some of the most chilling and suspenseful characters in history, with the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries when Rhoda M. Dorsey presents The Historical Whodunit, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus.

Detective stories set in the past--and frequently featuring historical figures as sleuth or victim- -have become increasingly popular in the last 10 years. Move over, Hercule Poirot and Inspector Dagleish, and make way for Brother Cadfael, Sergeant Cribb, Benjamin Franklin and even Jane Austen. Dorsey will survey some of the most successful authors of this genre and pay respect to professional historians, who have proved to be very able detectives themselves.

A historian, Dorsey became the first woman president of Goucher College, in 1974. As the eighth president of Goucher, she served for 20 years during some of Goucher's most challenging and transforming times. Since her retirement in 1994, Dorsey has continued to be active in the Goucher community as well as with other important Baltimore organizations. She serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, General German Aged Peoples Home, Historic Hampton Inc., Loyola/Notre Dame Library and Roland Park Country School. She is the vice president of the Maryland Humanities Council, a member of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Committee and she chairs the Governor's Commission on Service.

Admission to The Historical Whodunit is free and open to the public. A reception with Dorsey will follow the discussion. To RSVP, or for further information about the event, call 410-516-8327.

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