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In Memory Of Our Poets

Dorothy "Dot" McLean (Perry) (1920-2016) - Class Of 1938

Dorothy "Dot" McLean Perry, age 95, passed away January 14, 2016, following a brief illness. She was born in Montgomery, AL, to the late Perry D. and Inez Ansley McLean on November 18, 1920. She was married in 1941 to William Horace Perry, Jr., who died in 1971. Also deceased is her older brother, Frank Ansley McLean.

Mrs. Perry is survived by her daughter, Dianne Perry Wammack (Dennis); two granddaughters, Jennifer Wammack and Catherine Solomon (Jeffrey); her sister, Virginia McLean, all of Birmingham; three nieces, Ann M. Spear (Mike), Safety Harbor, FL; Peggy M. Reynolds (Ed), Cumming, GA; and Mary Frank M. Crew, (Brad), Prattville, AL; and a number of great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was independent and self-sufficient until five days before her death. She was the personification of the Christian woman. Hers was a life well lived.

Dot, a graduate of Huntingdon College, was a legal secretary, a piano teacher, and for the last twenty years of her career was executive secretary to U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. in Montgomery. Upon retirement in 1991, she moved to Birmingham to be near family. She was an active member and volunteer at her church, First United Methodist. For many years she delivered Meals on Wheels and, as "Grandmommy Dot", volunteered as a reading assistant for Homewood and Vestavia Hills elementary schools.

She donated her body to the UAB Anatomical Donor Program. A memorial service will be held in St. John's Chapel, First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, on Saturday, January 23, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation following in the parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Jan. 20, 2016.