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.