Joseph Dobal, sales and marketing officer, dies at 86

November 14, 2013

Joseph Dobal, a retired official with the Interior Department and Small Business Administration who was also an executive with the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, died Nov. 2 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 86.

The cause was a heart attack related to complications of cancer, said his daughter, Marci Dobal.

Early in his career, Mr. Dobal was an executive in Washington with fiberglass manufacturing firms. From 1967 to 1971, he ran a sales and marketing company, Joseph Dobal & Associates, working with Defense Department contractors.

Mr. Dobal was director of states coordination for the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration from 1971 to 1976, then became youth corps director of the Interior Department.

He joined the Small Business Administration in 1980 and served as the SBA’s delegate to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization from 1984 until his retirement in 1991.

Joseph Dobal was born in Aliquippa, Pa., and was a star football running back in high school. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II and with U.S. occupation forces in Japan after the war. He was captain of the 8th Army football team in the Pacific and later played football while attending Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. He also did graduate work at American University.

Mr. Dobal, a Bethesda resident, served on inaugural committees for presidents Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan and volunteered with the Maryland State Police and the Montgomery County Police.

His wife of 58 years, Ann Puskarich Dobal, died in 2012. Survivors include four children, Michael Dobal of Reston, Marci Dobal of Alexandria, Danise McEneaney of Clarksville, Md., and Karen Ralls of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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