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Thomas D. Cabot

Thomas D. Cabot, the longest serving member of the MIT Corporation, died June 8 at his home in Weston. Cabot, who served as director emeritus of the petrochemical manufacturer Cabot Corp., was 98.

Cabot turned his father's West Virginia business into a worldwide company with annual sales of $1.7 billion. It became the leading producer of carbon black - the material that helps produce automobile tires, paint and printing ink - and a supplier of raw materials.

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