Long-time School of Dentistry Friend G. Randolph Babcock dies at 84

G. Randolph Babcock of Charlotte, died on December 18, 2002 . Babcock was 84.

Babcock attended the University of Richmond and served with the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. During World War II, he met his future wife, Ann Pelton, and was married on November 11, 1945 . In 1946 he joined the Pelton and Crane Company of Detroit , MI and was elected President in 1950. He moved the company to Charlotte in 1955.

In 1971, Pelton and Crane Company merged with Bristol-Myers. He was elected President of the American Dental Trade Association in 1972, and later became the Director of the American Fund for Dental Health. In 1978 he was elected as Chairman of the Pelton and Crane Company, and retired in 1980. His outstanding leadership at Pelton and Crane was evidenced by innovative management practices and his ability to create superior products with a demonstrable advantage.

An active member of the Dental Foundation of North Carolina Board of Directors Babcock served as president in 1981. He served on the Honorary Advisory Committee for the School’s Carolina First campaign and was elected to membership in the national honorary dental society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Babcock was a very special friend of the UNC School of Dentistry. A man of honor and integrity who devoted his entire life to his family, church and country.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Pelton Babcock; his sons, Richard and Gary Babcock and his daughter, Kitty Cranor.