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Carl F. Floe

Carl F. Floe, who served the Institute for 34 years as a professor in the Department of Metallurgy and for ten years as MIT's vice president for research, died May 18 of a heart attack at his residence in Boston. Floe was 90 years old.

After he resigned his vice presidency in 1969, Floe returned to the classroom. He became a professor emeritus in 1973, and, after retiring from MIT, continued to consult for industry in the United States and overseas.

Floe hailed from the the Klondike Region of the Yukon Territory, Canada and received his ScD in Metallurgy from MIT in 1935. Floe also received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Washington State University, where he was a member of the faculty before coming to MIT.

Floe also taught at Notre Dame University for three years before he was named an assistant professor at MIT in 1939. He became an associate professor in 1942 and served as executive officer of the Department of Metallurgy from 1943 until 1950, the year he was appointed to a full professorship. He was named assistant provost in 1952, assistant chancellor in 1956 and vice president for research administration in 1959.

While a vice president, he oversaw the activities of the Lincoln and Draper Laboratories. He also represented MIT on the boards of the Brookhaven National Laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Radio Astronomy Laboratory. He also chaired the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies and the MIT Committee on Copyrights and Patents.

During World War II, Floe was a consultant to the US Army Quartermaster Corps and several defense industries. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and several other professional organizations in the United States and Britain.

He was also a member of several honorary fraternities including Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Alpha Chi Sigma.

Floe is survived by his ex-wife, Beverly Brooks Floe; three children, Jonathan T. Floe of Somerville, Mrs. David Holdgate of Norwich, CT, and Charles P. Floe of London; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made to the MIT Department of Metallurgy and Materials Sciences.