Dana E. Caro, who headed the FBI's Baltimore regional office and later was co-owner of a Westminster manufacturing and robotics business, died of cancer Sunday at his Howard County home. The Glenwood resident was 65.
Assigned as special agent in charge of the Baltimore office in May 1982, he worked alongside other law enforcement officials the next year in the investigation of the Anthony Grandison case - a murder-for-hire attack at the Warren House motel in Pikesville that killed one witness in a federal drug case against Mr. Grandison and the sister of another witness.
Born and raised in Boston, Mr. Caro graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., before serving in the Marine Corps.
He joined the FBI in 1962, and was briefly assigned to the Baltimore office several years later. He also completed tours of duty at the agency's Washington headquarters and in Indianapolis, New York, Tampa, Fla., and Houston before being named head of the Baltimore regional office - a 185-agent operation based in Woodlawn.
"Dana was a great manager, a micromanager - he knew every case in the office, he knew every employee in the office," said David Braddy, a retired FBI agent who lives in Ellicott City. "He even knew what kinds of Cokes were in the Coke machine. He really knew how to run an office. ... As a law enforcement officer, he expected people to do their jobs."
Mr. Caro was assigned to a similar position at the Washington field office 3 1/2 years later. He retired in the late 1980s.
He then worked briefly at OAO Corp. in Prince George's County before joining three partners in acquiring a Hampstead company, F&M Machine. They changed its name to F&M Manufacturing, relocated the business to a new plant in Westminster and produced equipment for the U.S. Postal Service, smoke generators and robotic vehicles for the Army, and medical devices.
In 1999, the partners, with Mr. Caro as president, sold the business, which is now named General Dynamics Robotics Systems.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. June 1 at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glenmar Road in Ellicott City.
Mr. Caro is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Eunice Tankard; two sons, Dana E. Caro Jr. of Bel Air and Stephen T. Caro of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Meg Beveridge of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.