Dudley B. Follansbee, 96

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BRUNSWICK — Dudley Boggs Follansbee, 96, a longtime Brunswick resident, died July 8.

He was born Jan. 28, 1919, to Everett and Laura Todd Follansbee in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 1936, Dudley graduated from Governor Dummer Academy in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and earned a degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940.

Follansbee worked briefly for Kroger Grocery & Baking in Ohio, and in 1942 served with the War Production Board in Detroit. He then joined the U.S. Navy as a supply corps ensign, assigned to the 39th Construction Battalion. Eventually he was named an aide to the Navy’s admiral for provisions, responsible for provisioning the Atlantic Fleet. As naval operations of World War II shifted to the Far East, Follansbee’s work focused on that area, supplying 40 million pounds of food and other provisions each month.

After he left the Navy in 1946 as a lieutenant commander, Follansbee established the McCordi Corp., which manufactured plastics in New York and Indiana. The company also worked with NASA to create metallic film used in the first lunar landing. In addition, Follansbee worked with the U.S. Department of State to build a Russian automobile factory and train its engineers.

Follansbee retired and moved to Brunswick in 1980. There, he participated in many local activities and organizations, including as a board member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He was a communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and served on its vestry.

An ardent sportsman, Follansbee played on the MIT golf team and won local club championships. He also won the Maine state championship in tennis, was an active skier, and enjoyed sailing the Maine coast with his family in their yawl, Sea Folly.

Follansbee was predeceased by his son, Todd Jackson Follansbee.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Margery Bailey; their children, Laurie and her husband, Richard Mobilio, Sallie and her husband, Russell Dunning, and Helen and her husband, William Nicita; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws from New England to California.

A service was held July 12 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to CHANS, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011; to the United Way of Mid-Coast Maine, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, ME 04539; or to the Episcopal Relief Fund.

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