Baltimore ‘Sun’ Art, Restaurant Critic Dorsey Dies at 69

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By: E&P Staff

John Dorsey could be considered a bit of a paradox. He was a man of opinions — informed, precise ones — but was regarded by many as a shy figure.

During his long career at The Sun in Baltimore, Dorsey served as an arts critic and restaurant critic, and was known for his well-informed aesthetic and the conversational tone of his writing.

Dorsey, who joined the Sun in 1962, served as book review editor from 1967 to 1969. After spending a decade as restaurant critic (his first review ran in 1971), Dorsey served as the Sun?s art critic during the 1980s and 1990s. He retired in 1999.

His work, regarded highly by peers and readers, earned him the inaugural A.D. Emmart Award — given for journalism in the field of the humanities published in Maryland — in 1974 from the Abell Foundation.

In addition to the arts he possessed a love for architecture, which he covered for the Sun and about which he authored a book titled “A Guide to Baltimore Architecture.” His last book, published in 2005, was “Look Again in Baltimore,” a combined effort with architectural photographer James DuSel.

Dorsey died Friday at age 69 of Lou Gehrig?s disease, which he had battled for several years.

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