Tilton H. Dobbin, banker, government official

The Baltimore Sun

Tilton H. "Teek" Dobbin, retired president of the Maryland National Bank who served as undersecretary of commerce during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon, died Monday from complications of a broken hip at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa. He was 91.

The son of a lawyer, Mr. Dobbin was born and raised in Howard County. He was a 1935 graduate of Boys' Latin School.

Mr. Dobbin began his banking career in 1936 as a runner with the old Baltimore National Bank.

During World War II, he served as a chief petty officer in the Pacific aboard the USS Hyades.

After the war, he resumed his banking career with Mellon National Bank in Pittsburgh. He returned to Baltimore when he was named assistant treasurer of the Olin Mathieson Chemical Co.

In 1957, Mr. Dobbin was appointed vice president of Fidelity-Baltimore National Bank after the merger with Fidelity Trust Co.

He was elected president of Baltimore National in 1966, and continued in that post after a merger with Maryland Trust Co., the name changing to Maryland National Bank.

The former longtime Owings Mills resident had long been active in Republican politics.

He had been an active supporter of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and had been treasurer of his 1966 gubernatorial campaign. He had also served as Republican state finance chairman in the early 1970s.

Mr. Dobbin also had a reputation as a nonpolitical fundraiser as well. In 1969, he led the fund solicitation for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and later became a longtime trustee.

He also headed fundraising efforts for the United Way and the Commerce and Industry Combined Health Appeal.

In 1970, Mr. Dobbin stepped down from his bank presidency, and three years later was appointed undersecretary of commerce by President Nixon, where he was responsible for domestic and international business affairs.

Mr. Dobbin had been a board member of Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Washington College, the Fidelity & Deposit Co., American General Insurance Co., and a trustee of Goucher College.

His wife of 58 years, the former Julia Morris Bruce, died in 2001.

He was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, Robert A. Dobbin of Danville, Calif., and Douglas S. Dobbin of Queenstown; three daughters, Mary G. Greeley of Arvada, Colo., Elizabeth H. Barnes of Wayne, Pa., and Frances K. D. Thayer of Galena; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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