Robert E. Doudiken, a retired McCormick & Co. executive

Robert E. Doudiken, comptroller and financial planner for McCormick & Co., died Sept. 13.
Robert E. Doudiken, comptroller and financial planner for McCormick & Co., died Sept. 13. (HANDOUT)

Robert E. Doudiken, former McCormick & Co. comptroller and financial planner and a World War II veteran, died Wednesday of renal failure at the Levindale Geriatric Center and Hospital. The longtime Timonium resident was 90.

Robert Edward Doudiken, the son of Edward Francis Doudiken, a laundry truck driver, and Mary Walters Doudiken, a homemaker and a Monumental Life Insurance Co. clerical worker, was born in Baltimore and raised in South Baltimore.


He was a 1944 graduate of City College and enlisted in the Navy in 1945, where he was trained as a gunner aboard Grumman torpedo bomber Avengers.

"He was never deployed into combat because the Japanese surrendered," said his daughter, Amy Doudiken Wells of Timonium. "He liked saying they surrendered because they heard he was coming."

He enrolled at the University of Baltimore on the GI Bill of Rights, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 in accounting.

He began working in the early 1950s as an auditor at Fidelity and Deposit Co., where he remained until joining McCormick & Co. in 1960. He rose to become comptroller and financial planner, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Doudiken was a member of the National Financial Planning Association and McCormick Retiree Association.

He was a 56-year member of Havenwood Presbyterian Church, where he was a trustee and elder.

He volunteered with United Way, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Presbyterian Home of Maryland, Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital and Baltimore County Police Department Buddies.

A resident of Timonium since 1961, Mr. Doudiken was a member of the American Legion.

He enjoyed preparing income taxes, golf and travel.

His wife of 55 years, the former Althea Virginia Humerson, died in 2006.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at his church, 100 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Stephen R. Doudiken of Parkville and Thomas E. Doudiken of Long Green; two sisters, Dorothy Doudiken Lewis of Timonium and Michele Doudiken Sullivan of Arbutus; and five grandchildren.