Frank Proctor `Hunk' Doory, 82, liquor salesman and sports fan

June 15, 2006

Frank Proctor "Hunk" Doory Jr., a liquor salesman and sports fan, died of liver cancer Saturday at his home in the Ridgely Condominiums in Towson. He was 82.

Mr. Doory was born in Baltimore and raised on North Port Street.

He was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he competed in varsity football, basketball, and track and field. He also was active in sports at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his bachelor's degree in business in 1942.

"At the University of Maryland, he was a four-letter man. He played varsity football, basketball, baseball and boxed. He later tried out for the Colts," said his son, Frank Proctor "Daniel" Doory III of Ocean City.

Because of bad knees, Mr. Doory was deferred from military service during World War II.

Mr. Doory began his career in the 1940s as a salesman for the McCarthy-Hicks liquor distributorship and had been with Bond Distributing Co. since 1999.

"He worked until two weeks before his death," his son said.

Mr. Doory coached youth recreation teams, including football, baseball and basketball for the Idlewylde Optimist Club and teams in the old Free State League.

"He lived and breathed the old Colts," said his wife of 61 years, the former Nora Patricia Ryder, a former Colts secretary.

A longtime resident of Dunroming Road in Northeast Baltimore, he moved to Ridgely a decade ago.

He was a member of the Towson Elks and established its golf club.

Mr. Doory enjoyed sipping a few beers with friends.

"He was well-liked and everyone knew him on York Road. He liked to go to the Swallow at the Hollow, Kent Lounge, Jerry's Belvedere Tavern and the old Golden Arm," his son said.

Mr. Doory was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela Moxley and Mary Pat Bartholomew, both of Ocean City; and two granddaughters.

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