In Memoriam: Ron Dokell

Houston-based contractor was a charter member of the NDA.

September 6, 2012
CDR Staff
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Ron Dokell, a Houston-based demolition contractor who was one of nine charter members of the National Association of Demolition Contractors (now the National Demolition Association or NDA), died in early September in Houston.

Current NDA executive director Mike Taylor describes Dokell as “one of the first contractors to realize that there was a need for an organization to represent demolition contractors in the United States and Canada,” adding, he worked diligently to develop an association to meet the needs of everyone involved in the demolition process.”

According to Dokell’s obituary in on the Houston Chronicle website, Dokell began working for his uncle’s Houston lumber company in 1957 and eventually assumed management of the company along with his cousin Richard. “During their 40-year partnership, Ron and Richard bought the company and broadened it into Olshan Enterprises adding foundation repair, waste disposal and commercial and industrial demolition,” says the obituary.

As manager of the demolition side of the business, Ron “grew [Olshan Enterprises] into one of the largest in its field with projects both domestic and international, including the demolition of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and the Shamrock Hotel in Houston,” according to the Chronicle obituary.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years Julie Tips Dokell and by his children: Mike Dokell and wife Susan; David Dokell and wife Carmen; and Elizabeth Segall and husband Mark; and his seven grandchildren Jordon, Max, Jack, Lauren, Isabella, Arin and Ben.

The family is requesting that donations be made to or to the donor’s favorite charity or to the Houston Zoo, where Ron spent a good deal of time during his later years.