Anthony A. Carozza, 80, an area builder and developer who built the Iverson Mall shopping center and was a founder and past board president of the old Bank of Maryland, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 8 at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Carozza was born in Italy. He came to this country in 1920 and settled in Ohio. He moved to the Washington area in 1933. During the early 1940s, he and his wife Anna founded the A.A. Carozza Co., a development firm in Hillcrest Heights.
During the late 1940s, Mr. Carozza's firm became the first to begin developing the Hillcrest Heights community. One of the company's major projects was the development of Iverson Mall, the area's first enclosed shopping center, which opened in the mid-1960s. Mr. Carozza remained president of the firm until his death.
He was a founder and past board president of the Bank of Maryland, which became part of Maryland National Bank in 1984. He also was a founder and member of the board at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. He had received the Alberto Cesare Award from the Italian Executives of America for his outstanding business accomplishments.
Mr. Carozza was active with Catholic Charities in the Washington Archdiocese and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights. He also was a founding member of the Hillcrest Lions Club and a member of the Lido Civic Club.
In addition to his wife, of Washington, survivors include two daughters, Sandra Carey of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Maria Volpe of Alexandria; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.