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Baltimore Funeral Director Dottie Hector

Doretha “Dottie” Hector, a leader in Maryland’s funeral industry, was laid to rest July 2 at the Druid Ridge Cemetery following funeral services at the Carter Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.  The West Baltimore mortician died June 21 at her home after suffering a heart attack. She was 74.

Hector was born and raised in Baltimore, the daughter of a railroad worker and beautician. Six years after graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in 1959, she went on to earn a nursing diploma from Maryland General Hospital.

However, she later decided nursing was not her ultimate passion and decided to study mortuary science. After obtaining her degree at the then-Catonsville Community College in the mid-1970s, Hector interned at Redd Funeral Services in Baltimore and later as an apprentice at the Phillips Funeral Home, a former bakery on Monroe Street.

After the owners, Arlington and Elizabeth Phillips died in 1979 and 2011, respectively, Hector became the new proprietor.

Over the years, Hector established herself as a leader in the funeral industry. In 1993, she co-founded 100 Black Women of Funeral Service and was listed as its president and CEO at the time of her death. She also did a stint as president of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association and represented the state in the National Funeral Directors Association. Hector was also an officer and/or member of the Funeral Service Foundation, National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

Mrs. Hector is survived by: a daughter, Robyn Hector and son, Robert Hector III, both of Baltimore; sister, Roberta Ball; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and ex-husband, Robert Hector Jr.