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Thomas D. Cabot

Thomas Dudley Cabot, the longest serving member of the MIT Corporation, died June 8 at his home in Weston. A member emeritus of the Corporation who was first appointed as a term member in 1946, Cabot regularly attended meetings of the trustees until shortly before his death and marched in last year's Commencement procession.

Cabot was director emeritus of the petrochemical manufacturer Cabot Corp., and still went to his office fairly regularly.

Cabot received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Harvard in 1919. He took several courses at MIT when it was located on Boylston Street. His father, Godfrey Lowell Cabot, attended MIT for one year in 1877-78 and graduated from Harvard with a degree in chemistry in 1881. He also served many years on the MIT Corporation starting in 1930. Cabot's son, Louis W. Cabot, is also a life member of the Corporation and also a Harvard graduate.

Thomas Cabot was born in Cambridge into one of Boston's oldest families on May 1, 1897, the son of Godfrey and Maria Moors Cabot. On graduation from college, he entered his father's business in West Virginia. He expanded it to other states and eventually into foreign countries while broadening its interest into a diversity of products. The company now is the leading producer of carbon black - the material that helps produce automobile tires, paint and printing ink - and a supplier of raw materials to a variety of industries, with annual sales of $1.7 billion.

Cabot served MIT for 49 years. He was elected life member of the Corporation in 1951 and life member emeritus in 1972. In 1960 he established the Thomas Dudley Cabot Scholarship Fund as part of the permanent endowment.

Services were held June 14 in Harvard University's Memorial Church.

He leaves his wife, Virginia (Wellington) of Weston; four sons, Louis W. of Boston, Thomas D. Jr of Greenwich, CT, Robert M. of England and Edmund B. of Belmont; a daughter, Linda Black of Cambridge; 29 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.