Roger Thomas Doyel
Roger Thomas Doyel
  • February 21, 1950 - April 22, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Commander Roger Thomas Doyel, DDS, USN, Retired, 67, of Annapolis, MD, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Michele Gerich Doyel; his two daughters, Ginger Marie Doyel and Cathleen Michele Doyel; and two brothers, Christopher Bomar Doyel and John Randolph Doyel.

Roger was born on February 21, 1950, to the late Capt. Wilbur Tenny Doyel, USN, Retired and Mrs. Lois Stiles Doyel of Annapolis, MD. He spent his childhood at a number of different different naval stations including Long beach, CA; Norfolk, VA; and Annapolis, MD, where his parents eventually settled. He graduated from Annapolis High School in 1968. Upon graduating from high school Roger was appointed to and attended the USNA and graduated in 1972.

During his professional career Roger had a number of accomplishments to be proud of, though he chose to live a life of humility. He began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Nuclear Power program under Admiral Rickover on the USS California. His second tour was on the USS John F. Kennedy as the Electrical Officer. During this tour the USS Kennedy endured its infamous collision with the USS Belknap. With only one working boiler, Roger was able to balance the electrical load and maintain power for the entire ship as others worked tirelessly to contain the multiple fires.

Following his experience in Electrical Engineering, Roger switched career paths and found his true calling as a healer. He loved the blend of both artistic and scientific challenges that dentistry provided; and completed his post-graduate education at the Medical College of Virginia where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1981. He completed his residency in the General Practice of Dentistry at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, CA. Later duty stations included two years in Holy Loch, Scotland and three years as the officer in charge of the dental clinic at The Basic School, Quantico, VA. In 1989 he completed a two year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program (AEGD) at the Naval Post Graduate Dental School (NPDS) in Bethesda.

Roger excelled in his career as a Naval Dentist. While at the NPSD Roger taught graduate level students in advanced general dentistry techniques. His additional duties included serving at the White House and Camp David as the dentist to the President under presidents Herbert Walker Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. He retired from the Navy in 1993 and set up private practice in Annapolis, MD. During his career Roger achieved the highest possible levels of recognition in General Dentistry as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) and as a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry.

Roger was a family man and was extremely passionate about his wife, his daughters, the Navy, and his hometown of Annapolis, MD. He actively participated in many organizations including the Rotary Club of Annapolis, The “Real Men’s” Golfing group, and the Annapolitan Club. While not at home with the family he could be found on the golf course, standing in the middle of a stream with a fly rod in hand, or at a Navy football game. A true gentleman, Roger’s compassionate spirit and fun-loving ways will be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00 a.m. at The United States Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, MD. Father Eric Hoag (ex USN), a close friend, will officiate. The burial will immediately follow the funeral at the columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Operation Smile.

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