Las­zlo Sokoly


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Las­zlo Sokoly, 84, who owned and op­er­ated a Washington den­tal prac­tice from 1963 to 2003, died Jan. 14 at the Manor Care nurs­ing home in Po­tomac. He had Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Dr. Sokoly was born to a Jewish fam­ily in Vac, Hun­gary. Dur­ing World War II, his par­ents and a sis­ter died at the Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camp in Poland. An­other sis­ter sur­vived Auschwitz, and Las­zlo sur­vived a child la­bor camp in Hun­gary.

Af­ter the war, Dr. Sokoly grad­u­ated from col­lege and den­tal school in Hun­gary. He and his wife left Hun­gary by foot in 1957, crossed into Aus­tria and made their way to the United States.

He was a 1963 hon­ors grad­u­ate of Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity’s den­tal school, where he also be­came an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of crown and bridge. Dr. Sokoly’s den­tal prac­tice is now run by his son.

Dr. Sokoly lived in Bethesda and spent his win­ters in Key Bis­cayne, Fla. He en­joyed play­ing ten­nis, man­ag­ing real es­tate in­vest­ments and col­lect­ing fine art.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 58 years, An­na­marie Or­ban Sokoly of Bethesda; two chil­dren, Kathy Chelst of Bethesda and Dr. Thomas Sokoly of Bethesda; a sis­ter; and two grand­daugh­ters.

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