- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) — Hovey S. Dabney, a former rector of the University of Virginia, died Feb. 9 at UVa. Hospital of complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, his family said. He was 83.

Mr. Dabney, a prominent Charlottesville banker, was appointed to UVa.’s Board of Visitors in 1990 and served as rector from 1992 to 1998.

UVa. President John T. Casteen III said the representation and prominence of women and minority leaders both on the university’s Board of Visitors and in its administration increased during Mr. Dabney’s tenure.

Mr. Dabney also was credited as having a key role in persuading billionaire John W. Kluge to donate a 7,400-acre estate to the university.

“He was charming. A gentleman,” UVa. spokeswoman Carol Wood said. “And he was absolutely dedicated to this place.”

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