October 20, 2014

Dr. Franklin M. Loew

Worcester, Mass.-Dr. Franklin M. Loew, a veterinary leader and icon, died of a rare form of cancer in April.

Loew, president of Becker College, had also served as dean of two of the veterinary programs at both Tufts University and Cornell University.

Dr. Bruce Stronach, provost and chief operating officer of Becker College, says, “Since his original diagnoses with a rare form of cancer in 2000, Dr. Loew remained ever the optimist and a boundless reservoir of energy and ideas.”

“While leading Becker College for the past five years, President Loew helped attract nationally renowned speakers to campus including Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and scientist Jane Goodall. He remained an outspoken advocate for a number of causes close to his heart, including The United Way, The Humane Society of the United States, The Antiquarian Society and the MSPCA,” Stronach says. “President Loew was hugely popular on campus. He knew many of the 1,000 students and every employee by name and never failed to greet all with a warm smile and a hardy welcome. His presence will be missed in ways that can never be expressed.”

Loew’s career was rich in diversity.

Before taking a position at Becker College, he was president and chief executive officer of Medical Foods Inc. He held two doctorates: one in veterinary medicine and one in nutrition, and was an elected member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. He was a division director at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and was a professor at Canada’s University of Saskatchewan, where he was a medical research council fellow. He was also a visiting scientist at M.I.T. and a senior fellow at Tufts.

He served as a consultant to many universities, foundations, government agencies and companies, including Columbia and Ohio State universities, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was also a member of several non-profit boards of trustees, including the New England Aquarium and the Tuskegee Advisory Committee for the Center of Bioethics and Health Care Policy.

He chaired a National Research Council committee to review all intramural and extramural research programs at USDA. Previous board memberships include the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the Boston Zoological Society (where he was chair), the Baltimore Zoological Society, and the NRC’s Commission on Life Sciences and ILAR, which he chaired.

In the 1970’s, Loew was on the team in western Canada that helped develop what is now known as canola oil. His doctoral degrees were from Canada’s University of Saskatchewan and from Cornell University, where he also received his undergraduate degree. In 1977, he received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General of Canada.

Donations can be made on his behalf to the Franklin M. Loew Memorial Fund at Becker College, HSUS or the ASPCA.

Reprinted with permission from DVM Newsmagazine, June 1, 2003