R. Carson Dalzell, metallurgist, is dead at 84

December 08, 1990

A memorial service for R. Carson Dalzell, a former resident of Baltimore and a retired metallurgist for the Atomic Energy Commission, will be held at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Mr. Dalzell, who was 84 and lived in Arlington, Va., died Sunday ata hospital there of a respiratory illness.

He retired in 1961 after 11 years with the Atomic Energy Commission, where he managed research on metals for reactors.

He was the U.S. scientific secretary at the first International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, a member of the executive committee of the nuclear standards board of the American Standards Association and a delegate to the International Organization of Standardization.

A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he was a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Testing Materials, the American Nuclear Society, the British Institute for Metals, the Cosmos Club and the Tau Beta Pi Association, an engineering honor society.

Mr. Dalzell was born in Beaumont, Texas, and reared in Baltimore, where he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute and earned an engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1927. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate in metallurgy at Harvard University.

He worked for the American Smelting and Refining Co., the Revere Copper and Brass Co. in Baltimore and other companies until World War II.

Then he began working with the Manhattan Project in Detroit and Chicago to develop the atomic bomb.

He was a former chairman of the board of trustees of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and was a member and later a scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 137.

His wife of 59 years, the former Margaret Cromwell, died in 1988.

He is survived by a daughter, Margaret A. Thomas of Rockville; a son, Robert C. Dalzell Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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