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Herbert H. Dow II '52

Herbert H. Dow II '52, died unexpectedly on Jan. 26 following heart surgery. Dow, 68, was a life member of the MIT Corporation and had served on various Institute committees since 1962.

"His service to MIT has been extraordinarily active and productive, and his interest and enthusiasm will be sorely missed," said Chairman Paul E. Gray '54 in a letter addressed to the members of the Corporation.

"He's one of these extraordinary alumni, a willing volunteer with a breadth of interest in the Institute's academic programs," said Susan A.Lester, associate secretary of the Corporation.

Dow was involved in six visiting committees during his career, including those in architecture, media arts and sciences, chemical engineering, physics, nutrition and food science, applied biological sciences, and biology.

Dow also had been a member of the Corporation Development Committee since 1969, and was elected to the Corporation in 1983. He became a life member in 1993.

Dow joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1952, eventually serving as vice president until he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Board of Directors since 1953.

Dow's grandfather, Herbert H. Dow, was the founder of Dow Chemical. Dow's father, Willard Dow, had also served as the company's president.

Dow was president of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, established by his grandmother, as well as the Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Foundation, which was founded by his wife and himself.

Dow established an undergraduate scholarship fund as well as an endowment for a professorship in chemical engineering at MIT.

Dow also served on the boards of First National Bank and Trust Co., First National Investment Company, the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Michigan Biology Institute, and NBD Bancorp, Inc.

Dow is survived by his wife, Barbara C. Dow, and three children: Dana Schuler, Pamela Dow, and Willard Dow II.