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Obituaries > DOLES, WILLIAM E.

William Ezikel Doles, 80, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration procurement officer from about 1960 until retiring from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt in the early 1970s, died Dec. 19 [2001] at a hospital in Inverness, Fla. He had Alzheimer’s disease.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Doles owned and operated a wholesale seafood business called Good Luck Seafood in Bowie. He moved from Lanham to Florida in 1976 and continued the seafood business until the mid-1990s.

Mr. Doles was born in Tifton, Ga., and served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He received a Purple Heart while fighting with Edson’s Raiders, the name given to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion commanded by Merritt A. “Red Mike” Edson.

He moved to the Washington area after the war and did contract negotiations work for the Army Corps of Engineers.

His first wife, Dorothy Glascoe Doles, died in 1986.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, Dorothy J. Doles of Crystal River; and a daughter from his first marriage, Sandra Ross of St. Petersburg, Fla.