Douglas J. Sanders, retired Pikesville dentist, dies

Dr. Sanders sailed on Middle River and enjoyed cigars and pipes; he was known as "Doc" in tobacco shops.

Dr. Douglas John Sanders, a retired dentist who practiced in Pikesville and was also a trombone player, died of heart disease Wednesday at Brookdale Assisted Living. He was 92.

He was born in Chicago, earned a bachelor's degree and a degree in dentistry at Northwestern University, and served in the U.S. Public Health Service during World War II and the Korean War.

Family members said Dr. Sanders was an accomplished musician and appeared on the radio show "Voice of Tomorrow" as a boy. He played in a high school jazz band with Mel Torme. He joined the Chicago musicians union and had two recording sessions with drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa.

After moving to Baltimore, he played trombone with Sentimental Journey and Power House, among other bands.

As a young dentist, he came to Cambridge on the Eastern Shore as a dental officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, where he studied the effects of fluoride. He was then named a professor and chairman of the department of pedodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School, holding the post from 1955 to 1965. He was also a professor of pediatric dentistry at Georgetown University.

He established a practice on Reisterstown Road in Pikesville and later had an office on Sherwood Avenue. He practiced until he was 88. He treated children, and they remained his patients when they became adults.

Dr. Sanders was a volunteer dentist at what is now the Franciscan Center on Maryland Avenue.

He was also an amateur radio operator who belonged to the Baltimore Radio Club.

He sailed on Middle River and enjoyed cigars and pipes. Family members said he was known as "Doc" in Baltimore tobacco shops.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, in Pikesville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Teresa O'Toole Sanders; four sons, Mark J. Sanders of Roland Park, Kevin J. Sanders of Burke, Va., Brian J. Sanders of Indianapolis and Barry M. Sanders of Catonsville; three daughters, Susan Ellen Grzech of Phoenix, Margaret "Peggy" Sanders Fallon of Marlton, N.J., and Nancy Sanders Kindl of Glen Arm; a brother, Roger Sanders of McLean, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

—Jacques Kelly

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