2002 Distinguished Service Award: Mark McNabb

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Mark D. McNabbMark D. McNabb
VP of Business Units (Retired)
Teledyne Wah Chang
BSMSE ’58

In a way, Mark McNabb’s career as a metallurgical engineer took him to the moon.

McNabb, who received a bachelor’s of science degree in metallurgical engineering in 1958 from UW-Madison, worked briefly at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio before joining Wah Chang in Albany, Oregon in 1961.

There he worked as a metallurgical engineer, and among his projects was the development of niobium alloys that were used in the Apollo space program lunar modules. He also worked on zirconium-based alloys for use in nuclear reactors, and niobium-based superconductors.

He eventually entered management at Wah Chang (eventually known as Teledyne Wah Chang), and served as a department manager, director of the manufacturing division, vice president of sales and marketing, vice president of operations, and vice president of business units. During the last two decades of his work at the company, he had more than 800 employees reporting to him. He regularly travelled to Europe, Japan and China, often to negotiate long-term contracts with Wah Chang customers.

Following his retirement in 1995, McNabb continued to work as a consulting engineer in recycling.

McNabb is a longtime Rotarian, and has served as chairman of the Benton County (Oregon) Planning Commission, on which he served four terms. He also founded the North Albany Citizens Advisory Committee, and was active in the Episcopal Church Building Fund Committee. He continues to be active in local civic groups, including the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Albany School Foundation, and the Albany Visitors Association.

He and his wife, Arlene, have two sons. Todd is a doctor of veterinary medicine. Craig is a doctor of physical medicine and is a rehabilitation specialist. The McNabbs enjoy both spending time with their four grandchildren and traveling the world to experience how other people live.