Dabney Withers Caldwell ’48

Dabney Withers Caldwell ’48, professor emeritus of geology at Boston University, died on December 11, 2006, in Groton, Massachusetts.

Born on March 26, 1927, in Charlottesville,VA, he prepared for college at Beverly Hills High School in California and Kents Hill School in Maine and studied at Bowdoin in 1944- 45 before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He received the Navy Cross and the Bronze Star, as well as the Purple Heart with a cluster and the Silver Star. He returned to the College in the fall of 1946 and graduated in 1949 as a member of the Class of 1948 and of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He went on to do graduate work at Brown University, where he had a teaching fellowship, wrote his thesis on the glacial geology of Farmington, and received a master’s degree in 1953. In 1959, he received his doctor of philosophy degree from Harvard, with a dissertation on the geology of Mount Katahdin. He taught geology at Wellesley College and then at Boston University, where he became an associate professor in 1969. For many years, he taught the Northern Appalachian Geology Field Camp offered by Boston University at locations in Maine, was the author of numerous geological articles on Quaternary geology, groundwater and surface water, and wrote the book Roadside Geology of Maine. Surviving are his wife, Marvin J. Caldwell; five children, Kiah Caldwell of Burke Hollow,VT, David Caldwell of Mount Vernon, and Adam Caldwell of Oakland, CA, Leah Galligan of Providence, RI, and Mena Schmid of Somerville, MA; a sister, Jan Gooding of Beaufort, NC; two brothers, Erskine Caldwell, Jr. of Covina, CA, and Jay Caldwell of Tucson, AZ; two former wives, Pat Griscom of Ocean Ridge, FL, and Nancy Phillips of Warren, RI; seven grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.