Obituary – Dr Dabney M Ewin MD Honorary President of BSMDH(S)

Ewin(g) Crest from Glasgow Cathedral

Dr Dabney M Ewin MD – Honorary President of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH(S) for more than four decades.

He was a wonderful, inspirational teacher who has had a lasting effect on our society. We were fortunate enough to persuade him to come to Scotland on at least four occasions and each time he brought not only his expertise in clinical hypnosis but his humility and humanity.

Dabney wanted us all to learn something that we could use with our patients to make their lives better, and we did. He taught us with the ease of a master. To this day we still incorporate much of Dabney’s teaching into our course. One of our top recommendations to our new recruits in Medical and Dental Hypnosis is Dabney’s book, 101 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Using Hypnosis. A great book by a great man.

Dabney was in many ways an Honorary Scot as well as our Honorary President. He loved coming to Scotland and made a point of researching his Scottish ancestors from both sides of his family. Ewin is an old Scottish Clan name ‘Clann Eoghan’ meaning well born or noble. Dabney was certainly noble in the true meaning of the word; righteous, good, honourable, honest, upright and upstanding. He also had a wicked sense of humour and his use of metaphor was often so subtle that it only percolated to your conscious mind after he had boarded the aeroplane back to the USA. The Ewin name also means of the Yew Tree which is a tree that does not tolerate rain or clay soils and is better suited to sunnier climates. Perhaps this is why the Ewins ended up in the USA and thrived. The Yew tree is thought also to erase negativity, and this was a quality that Dabney had in abundance; smiling and positive every time no matter what the circumstances. Dabney, despite the many achievements in life and accolades that he received, remained approachable, friendly and lacked the conceit that can often affect others.

In one of his visits to Scotland he and his daughter, Connie, went to Glasgow Cathedral to see the Ewin window. Dabney lectured to BSMDH(S) in Glasgow and Stirling. One of his ancestors, Baron James Ewing, was born in either or Glasgow or Stirling in 1620 and maybe we covered both bases even if we were unaware of it at the time.

The last time I saw Dabney was in Montreal in 2018 at the International Society of Hypnosis Conference. I was so excited to see him. I took across some lady doctors who were also at the conference to introduce them to him. The band stuck up and before we knew it Dabney was up dancing showing us his great moves.

I just want to say thank you on behalf of BSMDH(S) for giving us the privilege to call you our Honorary President and for being a fantastic human being.  An example to us all and a truly noble man. Rest in Peace Dabney with assurance that your legacy lives on in our work and hearts.

Condolences to all the family from BSMDH(Scotland)