John Baldwin Dabney ’56 died on April 7, 2005, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Born on September 26, 1934, in Framingham, MA, he prepared for college at The Gunnery School in Washington, CT, and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1956, he received a master of metallurgy degree in 1958 and a doctor of science degree in metallurgy in 1961, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1961 to 1971, he was a research metallurgist with Abex Corporation in Mahwah, NJ, and he was vice president of the Kearsarge Metallurgical Corporation in Dover, NH, from 1971 to 1978. Beginning in 1978, he was a self-employed contractor, real estate developer, and a consultant in the field of metallurgy. For some years he was also vice president and then president of JBC Enterprises, Inc., in Exeter, NH. He held two patents of a method for making cast steel railroad wheels and was a director and chair of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Metals, as well as a member of the New Jersey chapter’s Advisory Committee. He was also a deacon and trustee of the Congregational Church in Exeter and chair of the YMCA Camp Lincoln Committee, as well as a member of the New Hampshire YMCA’s executive and business committees. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Fraser Dabney, whom he married in 1959; a son, John B. Dabney, Jr. ’83 of West Hartford, CT; two daughters, Laura Dabney Fanney of Virginia Beach, VA, and Elizabeth Dabney Tombros of Santa Monica, CA; a sister, Sally D. Parker of Concord, MA; and four grandchildren.