E.A. Docken Jr., 50, bank executive

August 16, 2006

E. A. "Dean" Docken Jr., a bank executive and avid golfer, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Hunt Valley home. He was 50.

Mr. Docken was born in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of a career Army officer, and raised there and in Kentucky, Texas and Maryland, said his wife of 10 years, the former Susan Baker.

Mr. Docken was a 1974 graduate of Bel Air High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played lacrosse, rowed crew and was an active member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Mr. Docken began his career in 1978 with the old First National Bank of Maryland, and from 1985 to 1987 was responsible for managing lending activities for 17 of its branch banks. He was promoted to vice president in the bank's commercial finance division.

He left First National in 1993 to become vice president of the commercial and real estate lending group at the Bank of Maryland in Towson.

He was vice president of commercial lending at Columbia Bank from 1998 until 2004, and for the past two years held a similar position at Chevy Chase Bank in Bethesda.

Since 1998, Mr. Docken had been a board member of the Greater Towson Committee and supported the activities of the Junior League of Baltimore, where his wife had been a board member.

He enjoyed reading to the children at his two young daughters' preschool and taking a vacation day from his job so he could serve as a chaperone on class trips.

He regularly played at Beech Tree Golf Course near Bel Air and Greystone Golf Course in Whitehall, and preferred to use the classic persimmon wooden drivers rather than metal clubs.

"Dean collected golf balls from the courses he played and had his home office decorated with gold memorabilia, including a signed print of his favorite golf pro, Arnold Palmer," Mrs. Docken said.

A gourmet cook who favored preparing Italian cuisine for family and friends, Mr. Docken was also known for his marinated steaks that he slowly grilled over charcoal fires.

He enjoyed coaching and practicing lacrosse with a daughter, Lindsay E. Docken, 6, who started playing the sport this year.

He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, where services were held Monday.

Also surviving are another daughter, Alexandra B. "Lexi" Docken, 4; his parents, E.A. "Dean" Docken Sr. and H. Jane Docken of Churchville; and a sister, Robin J. Klinges of Haverford, Pa.

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