Ann C. Doak was the longtime director of publications at Garrison Forest School.
Ann C. Doak was the longtime director of publications at Garrison Forest School. (Baltimore Sun)

Ann C. Doak, former director of publications at Garrison Forest School who was an avid sports fan, died Friday from a heart attack at her Ruxton home. She was 74.

The daughter of John Powers Connor, a career Army officer, and Alice Crombie Connor, a homemaker, the former Ann Denise Connor was born in El Paso, Tex. Due to her father's career, she was raised in Berlin, Tokyo and Northern Virginia.


After graduating in 1961 from St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., Mrs. Doak began her college studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she majored in early childhood education.

She left Wheelock her junior year after falling in love with John Hunt Doak, a Harvard University undergraduate. They married in 1964.

She later obtained her bachelor's degree from Towson University. The couple moved to Rodgers Forge in 1967, and six years later, to Ruxton.

Mrs. Doak taught first grade at the Park School, then joined Garrison Forest School in 1977 as director of publications and external affairs. She was director of publications at the time of her 2008 retirement.

"She loved her Garrison Forest family," said her daughter, Stefanie Doak Frank of Seattle.

Mrs. Doak was also a volunteer kindergarten reading assistant at Govans Elementary School and a former member of the Junior League of Baltimore. She enjoyed attending her book club and "reading The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times every day," her daughter said.

Mrs. Doak looked forward to an annual family vacation at Bethany Beach, Del., and also liked attending Ravens and Orioles games.

Mrs. Doak enjoyed watching her son coach his Roland Park Little League baseball team, the Roland Park Rangers, whose members called her "Grandmother Doak," her daughter said.

A former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, Mrs. Doak was a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6300 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to her husband, a retired business consultant, and her daughter, Mrs. Doak is survived by her son, Brian Connor Doak of Homeland; two brothers, Sean Connor of Providence, R.I., and Bill Connor of Washington; two sisters, Stephanie Pullen of Raleigh, N.C., and Suzy Forsythe of El Paso, Tex; and five grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen