Robert Wesley Doms, 74, counter-intelligence expert

March 09, 2004

Robert Wesley Doms, a retired career Army officer and counter-intelligence expert, died of heart failure Wednesday at his Timonium home. He was 74.

Mr. Doms was born in St. Paul, Minn., and raised in Grand Rapids, Minn. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master's in education from the Johns Hopkins University in the 1970s.

Mr. Doms enlisted in the Army in 1946 and served with the 1st Division Band. He later attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and served two tours in Vietnam in intelligence. At his 1973 retirement, he was assigned to Fort Holabird in Baltimore.

Mr. Doms later went to work for Audio Intelligence Devices in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as an instructor in the technical surveillance field. He retired in the 1990s.

"He instructed federal, state and local law enforcement agencies," said his wife of 47 years, the former Grace Thorne.

Mr. Doms had been president of the Counter Intelligence Corps Association of Maryland.

He had served as president of the Pot Spring Community Association and volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 328. He enjoyed photography and genealogy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 20 at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Robert W. Doms Jr. of Berwyn, Pa., Keith R. Doms of Wilmington, Del., and Mark E. Doms of San Rafael, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

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