Daniel B. Aburn, a cost engineer and avid sports fan, died Jan. 18 of esophageal cancer at his Towson home. He was 59.
Daniel Barton Aburn, son of George S. Aburn, a businessman, and his wife, Daphane Clarke Aburn, longtime manager of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Gift Shop, was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson.
An outstanding lacrosse player at Towson High School, from which graduated in 1978, he was the first recruit of Willie Scroggs as head coach at the University of North Carolina.
Mr. Aburn was a member of the team when the Tar Heels won the NCAA Division I national championships in 1981 and 1982. After graduating in 1982, he traveled to Australia, where he was a player-coach from 1982 to 1983 for the Melbourne Cricket Club.
He earned a master’s degree in business from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
He began his career as a cost engineer with Genstar in 1985, and in 1996 the job took him to Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Genstar was acquired by LaFarge, he went to work for Intel Corp., also in Albuquerque, supervising the construction of computer chip-producing factories.
In 2006, he moved back to Baltimore when he took a job with Currie & Brown in Gaithersburg, where he consulted on the construction of large-scale pharmaceutical plants, and over the course of his career, supervised large-scale technically complex construction projects. He had not retired at his death.
He enjoyed following local high school and college sports as well as the Orioles, Ravens, Terps and Tar Heels. He also liked traveling, from skiing in the Rockies to visiting favorite Mid-Atlantic beaches.
Mr. Aburn was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Lutherville.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Jan. 23 at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Aburn is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Patricia C. D’Alesandro; a son, Daniel P. Aburn of New York City; a daughter, Lindsey W. Aburn of Baltimore; and three brothers, George Aburn of Jarrettsville, Clarke Aburn of Ellicott City and Basil Aburn of Towson.