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Dorothy L. Vaill, speech pathologist

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 7:32 PM

Dorothy L. Vaill, 93, the director of speech and hearing services for the D.C. public school system from the early 1950s until she retired in the early 1970s, died March 3 at Arden Courts, an assisted-living facility in Annandale. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Ms. Vaill joined the Navy Waves during World War II and served as a chief petty officer until 1951. She moved to the Washington region in 1944 and lived in Arlington.

She was born Dorothy Louise Vaill in Fall River, Mass. She was a 1938 graduate of what is now known as Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and received a master's degree from George Washington University in 1959.

From the mid-1950s until 1980, she taught English as a second language to immigrants in the Washington region.

She was a member of Cathedral of St. Thomas More, a Catholic church in Arlington.

She had no immediate survivors.

- Lauren Wiseman


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