Elias C. Dow, MD

  • Born: November 11, 1927
  • Died: April 17, 2017
  • Location: Brookline, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458

Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

ELIAS C. DOW, MD of Brookline, passed away on Monday, APRIL 17, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Born on Armistice Day in 1927, beloved son of Charles A. and Mary C. Dow, deceased of Roxbury, Dr. Dow was a well-known and highly revered physician with a large referral practice in internal medicine specializing in thyroid disorders. After graduating from Boston Latin School in 1944 at only 16 years of age, he then attended Harvard University majoring in physics which led to his later research interest in the first use of radio-active isotopes for medical treatment. He went on to study medicine at Tufts and did post-graduate medical training at Boston City Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He was then accepted for specialty training in thyroid disease at the famed Mass General Hospital Thyroid Group. He interrupted his college studies to serve in the US Army in the Korea in WWII. Later in civilian life, he was as major in the Massachusetts National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry troop of the Massachusetts militia that rode in parades and re-enacted the famous ride of American patriots Richard Dawes and Paul Revere – the latter role Dr. Dow did on horseback at age 69 as recounted in a full length Boston Globe article in April 1997. Patients from all over New England and beyond sought his care at his practice in Brookline. He was on the staff of the Faulkner, Beth Israel Deaconess and most actively served at New England Baptist Hospital as Chief of Endocrinology from 1980-1993 frequently collaborating with his sons. He retired from practice in 2007. He a key member of Boston Latin Class of '44 Alumni affairs and served as president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Council 1994-96 and remained passionately involved in raising money for Tufts Medical School for scholarships for deserving medical students. Dr. Dow was also a member of the Union Club of Boston. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Jody Dow of Brookline, sons Dr. Edward Dow of Milton, and Dr. Charles Dow of Newton, daughter Andrea Dow Keough and son-in-law John Keough in Brookline, as well as his brothers James and Charles Dow of Boston, sisters Marion Barrett of Needham and Sally Ann Casey of Brookline. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Alexander, Elias, Crea, Cameron, Beau, and Isabella in addition to eleven devoted nieces and nephews in Boston and Los Angeles. Visiting hours in the Eaton and Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St, NEWTON CORNER, on Friday April 21st from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill on Saturday, April 22nd at 9:30 am. Interment with Military Honor to follow at Walnut Hills Cemetery in Brookline. In lieu of flowers donations s should be made in his memory to the Elias C. Dow M'53 Medical Scholarship Fund c/o Tufts Medical School Medical Development Office 136 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02111