Stanley Kay, 44, a Washington area builder since 1962, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Rockville.

The Kay and Kay Construction Co. in Greenbelt, which he had established with his brothers, Jerry and Alan, built the apartment communities of Forest Lake, Glendale Lake, Glendale Woods, Greenbriar and Glen Oaks in suburban Maryland.

Mr. Kay was born in Washington. He graduated from Coolidge High School, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland and a master's degree at American University. He taught physical education at Fort Myer Elementary School in Northern Virginia before entering the construction business.

He was the author of two books, "Thoughts on Soul Growth" and "A Pathway to Greater Awareness." He had written a high holiday service and family service for Har Shalom Synagogue, of which he was a member. He belonged to the Men's Club of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, the Rockville Tennis Association and the Potomac Tennis Club.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie, and three children, Susan, Gary and Andrea, all of Rockville; his mother, Marcia Kay of Chevy Chase, and his brothers, Jerome, of Potomac, and Alan, of Bethesda.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Center of the Georgetown University Medical Center.