The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive notes with great sadness the death in December of Doris Worsham. Worsham joined the staff of the BAM/PFA as community liaison in November 1993 and was responsible for audience development and strengthening the ties between the museum and local organizations and communities.
Prior to her position at the museum, Worsham worked for 25 years as a journalist for the Oakland Tribune, during which time she held a number of positions, including theater critic and film reviewer. Her freelance articles on theater, film and popular culture appeared in many Bay Area publications, including The San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Oakland Tribune. She was a longtime member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and a graduate of San Francisco State University.
Worsham was a vital participant in many local arts organizations, including the Alameda County Art Commission and Telegraph Area Association, for which she was both a board member and chair of the Promotion and Arts Committee. The upcoming Berkeley Jazz Festival would have been the third produced by Worsham, who in addition had been recently appointed to the City of Berkeley Southside Planning Advisory Committee.
A memorial service will be held at the Berkeley Art Museum, Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call 643-2219.