Title: Retired Educator and Administrator
Company: University of Houston
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Dorothy Caram, EdD, retired educator of administrator at the University of Houston, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education management.
With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Caram has been retired as an educator and administrator since 1995, having been assistant to the president and director for affirmative action at the University of Houston from 1990 to 1995 In addition, she served as chair of IDM Satellite Communications of Texas, Inc., from 1998 to 1999, having been president of the company in 1990. Also active in the healthcare field, she was president of Web-Care services, Inc. from 1986 to 1987, the manager of her husband’s medical office in 1983, and the director of the foreign patient’s office at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 1970.
From 1965 to 1968, Dr. Caram was a substitute teacher for the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, having been a teacher with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from 1964 to 1965. She served as a high school Spanish teacher and a fifth grade teacher for the Houston Independent School District from 1955 to 1956, also serving as a lifeguard with the City of Houston Department of Parks and Recreation from 1952 to 1956 and an assistant student teacher of physical education for females at Rice University from 1952 to 1954. Earlier in her career, she worked as a salesperson with Sears Roebuck and with Kress Downtown from 1949 to 1951, and she was a first grade teamer with the American School of Puebla, Mexico in 1948.
Dr. Caram was inspired to pursue a career in education by her family, particularly her father who was head of the classical and modern languages department at the University of Houston. Upon receiving a diploma from Sam Houston High School in 1951, she studied at Rice University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. She completed postgraduate coursework with the University of Madrid and the University of Houston, returning to Rice University for a Master of Arts in 1974. Dr. Caram earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Houston in 1982, and she is certified as a teacher and in general education administration by the state of Texas.
A respected voice in the field, Dr. Caram has been an active member of her community. She was a member of the task force for the Texas Education Agency, on the advisory council for the National Institute for Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, and she sat on the committee for protection and human subjects with the UTSCH Medical School. A founding member of Granaderos Y Damas De Galvez, she has served on the board of directors for United Way Texas, as a member of the task force for quality integrated education, on as a secretary and member of the executive board of the Civil Service Commission of Houston.
Dr. Caram is recognized as an emeritus member of the advisory board for the Miller Theater, and she has been on the advisory board for Lighthouse for the Blind, on the board of directors for Houston Pops, and on the board of managers for the Harris County Hospital District. She was a founder and president of the Houston Hispanic Forum, also serving on its board of directors. The former chair of the Teatro Bilingue de Houston, she was president of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Houston, Inc., on the board of directors for the Southmain Center Association, and on the board of directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation.
The former chair of the peer committee for Magnet and Vanguard Schools, Dr. Caram was a member of the advisory board for the Theater Under the Stars, Career and Recovery, Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast, the AAMA, and the Majestic Seas Aquarium. She has served on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Colonial Homes Foundation for Youth, as a member of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, and as president of the Braes Republican Women, for which she has also been a precinct judge.
Dr. Caram has been commissioner and treasurer of the Texas Commission on Arts, vice president of the education board of the Houston Grand Opera, and she has been on the alumni council for the University of Houston and the Rice Alumni 50th Graduation Committee. She has been appointed chair of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, as an advisor to the Ambassador International Ballet Folklorico, and as a trustee of the University of St. Thomas. She has served on the board of directors for the Houston Community College Foundation, and as a former president of the Cedars Club.
The former president and board chair of the Latin America Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Caram was a member of the board for the Cambridge Green Civic Association. She is the former chair of the University of Houston Alumni Council, the Rice 1955 Alumni Class, the advisory board for the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, and the former co-chair of Houston Celebrates Mexico.
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