- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

BALTIMORE — At the Maryland private school where critically wounded journalist Kimberly Dozier was a student more than two decades ago, current students will hear about a young woman who decided to make a difference.

Randy Stevens, headmaster of St. Timothy’s School in suburban Baltimore, said he plans to make Miss Dozier, 39, the subject of his address during graduation ceremonies Sunday.

“In our society, there is a tendency to seek richness of opportunity and wealth. Her story, for us, is how do you go into the world, not only to do well, but to do good?” Mr. Stevens said.

The CBS correspondent was critically wounded, and her two crew members and a U.S. soldier were killed in Iraq on Sunday, a day in which in a series of car bombings and shootings killed at least three dozen.

Mr. Stevens said he planned to speak about how Miss Dozier exemplified the school’s French motto, “verite sans peur,” or “truth without fear.”

Miss Dozier’s life and work have been about “going out and seeking the truth,” Mr. Stevens said. “Certainly, she has taken incredible risks to make sure the story gets told. I think she is someone who has always had a real passion for humanity and humankind.

“She did not want people to be disconnected from what was going on in the world, and I think she realized that in order to tell that story it required some risk on her part to get into the places where the story could be told.”

Miss Dozier’s parents, brother and sister-in-law planned to fly to southern Germany yesterday to be with the correspondent, who was in critical but stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Miss Dozier, who arrived at the medical center yesterday, was being treated for multiple injuries with wounds to her head and legs, CBS News reported on its Web site (www.cbsnews.com).

Mr. Stevens said Miss Dozier remained an active alumna who attended a reunion last year and was featured in a recent issue of the alumnae magazine. Students were encouraged during morning services to pray for Miss Dozier and her family and the families of the others killed or wounded, said Jessica Itzoe, a school spokeswoman.

The headmaster said he planned to use in his speech a quote from Miss Dozier in which she urges readers to listen to themselves, follow their hearts and not be afraid.

“Hopefully, our graduates will leave here on Sunday with that same motivation and drive to make the world a better place,” Mr. Stevens said.

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