Mary Theresa Dokas, a land developer and former owner of a real estate company with offices in Carroll and Baltimore counties, died of cancer Tuesday at her Marriottsville home. The former resident of Towson and Randallstown was 73.
Born in Kinderhook, N.Y., she was a 1948 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, N.Y., where she was class valedictorian and received the Bausch & Lomb Science Award. Upon graduation, she was prepared to join the Order of the Holy Names, according to her son Donald Dokas of Sykesville, but instead decided to study at Oswego State Teachers College in New York. She also attended Loyola College in Baltimore.
In 1953, she married James Dokas Jr., a mathematician who died in 2000. The two met at a Mensa gathering in upstate New York, according to their son, and moved to Towson in 1954.
Mrs. Dokas opened Olde Colonial Realty in 1968, and from the first office in Randallstown the business expanded to Sykesville, Finksburg and Owings Mills before closing about 30 years later, her son said. From the Randallstown and Finksburg offices, she and her husband sold insurance from 1975 to 1980.
She also became involved in the building business and developed subdivisions in Baltimore and Carroll counties, her son said, including Stonybrook in Randallstown and Candlewicke in Sykesville.
Mr. Dokas said his mother had helped many families buy their homes, and was proud to receive third-generation referrals. She had her real estate license at the time of her death, he said.
"She was getting ready to close another contract on her deathbed," he said. "It shows she was an industrious and hard worker."
In the mid- to late 1970s, she was an officer in the National Homebuilders Association. She also had been a member of the Maryland Board of Realtors and president of the Carroll County Board of Realtors in the 1970s.
She also was involved with the planning of Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish in Randallstown.
She was an avid bridge player and reader. She also was fluent in French and Latin.
Mrs. Dokas was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Community in Eldersburg.
A funeral service was held Friday.
In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, James Paul Dokas of Malvern, Pa.; two daughters, Pamela Dokas of New Windsor and Joanne Wherley of Reisterstown; and eight grandchildren.