Stuart H. Dobson
(Baltimore Sun)

Stuart Halstead Dobson, a retired Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. executive and civil engineer, died Nov. 20 of a massive stroke at Hospice of Queen Anne's in Centreville.

The Stevensville resident was 76.

The son of a Bethlehem Steel Corp. mechanical engineer and a homemaker, he was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton.

After graduating in 1954 from Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Dobson studied engineering for two years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Mr. Dobson served as a pilot in the Air Force before completing his civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1960. After completing an internship at Whiting-Turner, he then went to work for the company full time.

During his nearly 40-year career with the Baltimore firm, he worked on numerous memorable engineering projects, some of which included the westbound span of the Bay Bridge, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Grand Island Bridge across the Niagara River in upstate New York, Interstate 95 exchanges, and World of Coca-Cola in Las Vegas.

In 1978, Mr. Dobson was promoted to vice president, where his responsibilities included recruitment, overseeing the operation of the company's offices in California and Las Vegas, and local construction teams.

The former Sparks resident, who moved to Stevensville in 1996, retired in 1998.

His professional memberships included the American Concrete Institute and Baltimore Building Trades.

He was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Colonial Williamsburg, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

He was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and its advisory council.

Mr. Dobson enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and was a member of the Blackwater Sportsman's Club, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and Ducks Unlimited.

He liked reading and riding his bike.

Mr. Dobson was a communicant of St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 1861 Harbor Drive, Chester, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He will later be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Iona Sharon Sisk Fisher; four sons, Bruce T. Dobson of Ellicott City, Craig S. Dobson of Salisbury, Mark W. Dobson of Annapolis and Scott H. Dobson of Bel Air; and five grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Diana Mae Ashenfelter ended in divorce.