Webster Dawley served in the United States Army Specialized Training Program (A-12) from 1943 to 1944. He completed his military service and received a medical discharge. Web began his studies at Lehigh, earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Interdormitory Council.
Web started his career in 1949 working for the New Jersey Meter Company and then as a project engineer for Johns Manville Corporation. He then became a project engineer in corporate engineering for the National Biscuit Company in New York City. Nabisco became the Kraft- Heinz Corporation from which he retired in 1988.
Web is a member of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society, the top giving societies of Lehigh University. He established an endowed fund in his namesake for unrestricted purposes to give the university maximum flexibility. He also committed his philanthropy to increasing scholarships at his alma mater. Through the life income program, Web established a gift annuity to eventually provide outstanding students with access to an excellent Lehigh education.
Web resides in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.