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Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016

DOCKSER WILLIAM B. DOCKSER (Age 79) Of Bethesda, Maryland passed away on March 9, 2016. He was born in Massachusetts the son of Betty and Charles Dockser. He graduated from Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. Bill held a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, degree from Harvard College. Mr. Dockser had been Chairman of the Board and Founder of CRI, Inc. since 1974, and was founder and Chairman of CRIIMI Mae from 1989 to early 2003. He served as Chairman of the Board of two listed NYSE mortgage companies, and four American Stock Exchange listed government insured multi-family mortgage companies. He has long been active in industry, charitable, and political activities, and was Chairman of the Dockser Family Foundation. Bill was chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as well as Chairman of the Soloman Project. Along with his wife Sonnie they created the Dockser Research Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. At Harvard University Bill founded the Dockser Scholars Fellowships for International Studies. He had been designated a John Harvard Fellow. He was proud to serve as Co-Chair of his 50th Harvard Reunion. Mr. Dockser was a Trustee of Suburban Hospital. He was serving on the Facilities and Real Estate Development Committee for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In 2007, he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland, as Commissioner of the Maryland Port Commission, the agency overseeing the Port of Baltimore. He was an ardent sailor, and this was an honor and a highlight in his life. Bill was married to his wife, Sonnie for thirty-five beautiful years. He had three children from his first marriage, Brad Dockser (Debbie), Evan Dockser (Kitty) and Karen Walter (Vinnie). He was step-father to four children in his marriage to Sonnie. Lauren Cafritz (Elliot), Jill Krueger (Elan), Richard Chelec (Susan) and Diane Stern (Andrew). Bill and Sonnie have been blessed with 17 extraordinary grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., NW, Washington, DC 20016 on Sunday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, Maryland. The family will receive immediately following at the late residence and observing Shiva Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. Minyan services. Contributions in Bill Dockser''s honor may be made to: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue Annapolis, Maryland 21403 www.sagelbloomfield.com www.sagelbloomfield.com

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 12, 2016
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