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Dorothy Pumphrey, longtime teacher who worked in 3 Lexington schools, dies at age 89

Dorothy Pumphrey
Dorothy Pumphrey

Dorothy Blackwell Travis Pumphrey, a veteran Lexington teacher and an educator for 40 years, died Tuesday at age 89.

Mrs. Pumphrey died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after becoming ill on Thanksgiving, said one of her sons, Christopher Travis of Lexington.

Over the course of her career, Mrs. Pumphrey taught at the old Dunbar High School in Lexington, Tates Creek Junior High School and Lexington Junior High School. She also taught in Monticello and Danville.

Her first marriage was to Lexington businessman and city councilman O.M. Travis Jr. In 1982, she became the wife of operatic soloist Othello J. Pumphrey.

In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Pumphrey was a classically trained pianist who taught piano lessons, her family said.

Born May 17, 1922, she attended Louisville public schools, completed a bachelor's degree from Louisville Municipal College and did graduate work at the University of Louisville and Indiana University.

She is survived by four sons, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Smith Funeral Home, 304 East Third Street in Lexington. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lexington.

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