- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Dolores Karroll Petraitis, who promoted the arts in Prince George’s County, died Nov. 16 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham. She was 87.

Born March 31, 1917, in Chicago, Mrs. Petraitis attended Northwestern University and Strayer Business College. One of her first jobs was modeling for the Evans Fur Co. in Chicago.

She met her future husband, Ferdinand J. Petraitis, when both worked at the Illinois state employment-services agency. They were married April 9, 1944, and moved to the Washington area six years later.

Mrs. Petraitis, who had lived in College Park since 1959, served as president of the 5th District Republican Women’s Club and the Prince George’s Republican Women’s Club in the 1950s. She was also a member of the University Park Republican Women’s Club, the Cheverly Women’s Club and the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

She served as chairwoman of the hospitality committee of the Friends of the Rossborough Festival at the University of Maryland for 23 years, organizing receptions after the performances by local and visiting artists. She also served as vice president and was honored as Friend of the Year in 1982.

In 1986, she was recognized by Soroptimist International as a “Woman of Distinction” for her promotion of the arts. She received an award from the Prince George’s County Arts Council several years later for her support of the arts.

Mrs. Petraitis was an ardent fan of the Maryland Terrapins. In recent years, even as her health failed, she attended every home football and basketball game, and many away games. She also attended the Orange Bowl, the Peach Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Final Four and the ACC Tournament when Maryland played. She was a member of the Maryland Gridiron Network and an associate Maryland alumna and an honorary member of the Advocacy Committee.

Mrs. Petraitis started Brownie and Girl Scout troops at St. Ambrose School in Cheverly, where her daughter, Karel, studied.

She is survived by her daughter, Karel, of College Park. Her husband died in 1999.

The family asks that donations be made in her memory to the UMCP Foundation for the Gossett Football Team House, P.O. Box 295, College Park, MD 20741; Attn: Cheryl Harrison.

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