The former Northwood resident, who had lived on Northbourne Road, had been an Annapolis resident for the past 50 years.

In his retirement, Mr. Jabine sat at his typewriter in a spare room working on his memoirs and newspaper op-ed pieces. He was a prolific contributor of letters to the editor on a variety of subjects, to which he added dashes of humor.

In a 1982 letter that was published in The Evening Sun, Mr. Jabine wanted to correct what he saw as a reporter's error: "Marilyn Monroe did not invent the sweater. Lana Turner did. Marilyn Monroe invented the calendar."

Mr. Jabine returned to his Boys' Latin School days in a whimsical 1988 op-ed piece published in The Evening Sun.

He recalled the futile efforts of William Morris, an English teacher, in eliminating "to get" from the language, which he thought was a "slothful, sloppy word."

"So intense was his mission that Morris said at the beginning of every term he would deduct five points from a pupil's mark each time the verb was used in a composition theme or other writing assignment," wrote Mr. Jabine.

When a student protested and asked what he should do when his mother asked him "to get a quart of milk at the store," Mr. Jabine said his teacher responded with "biting benevolence."

"One buys or purchases, or if your lovely mother has established sufficient credit, charges the item at the store," he quoted his teacher as saying.

In addition to writing, Mr. Jabine enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

His wife of 35 years, the former Renee Brendel, who had been an administrative aide to Gov. Millard J. Tawes, died in 2002.

Mr. Jabine was a communicant and vestryman at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Mr. Jabine is also survived by a son, William Jabine III of Portland, Maine; another daughter, Lucinda Seets of Catonsville; a stepson, Daniel Davis of Williston, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Patricia Sterling ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com