Nancy Lane Hebb

Real estate broker

Age 84

September 20, 2005

Nancy Lane Hebb, a real estate broker and pioneer in the revitalization of Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at her home in Roland Park. She was 84.

Nancy Lane was born in Baltimore and raised in Tuscany-Canterbury. She was a 1938 graduate of Girls' Latin School. She spent summers at Pines on the Severn, where at 16 she became the first woman to swim in the Washington Cup, a 3-mile meet around Round Bay, where she beat 18 men.

She drove emergency vehicles for the American Red Cross in Maryland during World War II before marrying Edwin R. Mowbray Jr. in 1943, and moving to Brooklyn, N.Y. A Navy pilot, Mr. Mowbray died in a flying accident while stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York in 1951, leaving Mrs. Hebb pregnant and responsible for caring for two young sons.

She returned to Baltimore to live with relatives and married John S. Hebb III in 1953. A founding partner in the Baltimore law firm Miles and Stockbridge, Mr. Hebb died in 1996.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Hebb distinguished herself as a real estate broker and eventually founded Hebb & Associates, a now-dissolved firm that had offices in Federal Hill and Fells Point. She was among the first Realtors to be involved with Inner Harbor and Federal Hill revitalization, said her son, Stephen L. Mowbray of Washington.

She enjoyed entertaining guests on Hebb Tied, the family boat, as well as writing limericks and telling long stories. She was instrumental in the founding of the Roland Park Pool, and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Arundel Garden Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Roland Park Presbyterian Church, Roland Avenue and Upland Road, where she was a member.

She is also survived by two other sons, Edwin R. Mowbray III of Ruxton and Todd McC. Hebb of Ruxton; two daughters, Drayden Hebb and Amy E. Hebb, both of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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