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

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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


Condolence & Memory Journal

My favorite person, my life has been enriched knowing him.

Posted by Edward Stead - HOOKSETT, NH   December 26, 2018


I wish I got the chance to meet you. I know that you are a very special person and have heard beautiful stories. So blessed to know your family.

Posted by Debra Crystal - framingham, MA - Family Friend   April 17, 2018

I just saw this on line. I am so saddened to read this although he surely had a very long life. I worked for Dr. Dow in 1971 and was known to he and Mrs. Dow as "Miss Carpenter". I was bless to have them at my wedding and also to have them visit after my son Alan was born 41 years ago. I have such wonderful memories of working for him. He was a wonderful man.

Posted by Janet Carpenter Graham - Effingham, NH - coworker   April 04, 2018

Just by chance i seen this so sorry . I learned alot from the Dow family

Posted by Fayrooz Tylerbest - Boston, MA   November 15, 2017

I was so sorry to learn of Dr. Dow's passing. He was a fine man and physician.
I had the privilege of knowing him
through the MGH Neuroendocrine Unit during
his retirement years. I would often alert him of upcoming meetings.

My deepest condolences to the family.
Valerie Giorgione

Posted by Valerie Giorgione - Stoneham, MA   July 14, 2017

I had the privilege of working for Dr. Dow. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Dow and the family. May God bless him.

Posted by Vicki Garrison - Mansfield, MA   June 28, 2017

Dear "Aunt Jody" and family: The Burkes will always remember our "Uncle Joe" as one of our father's best friends. I have clearly in my memories listening to your father talk away, telling his anecdotes, while my father leaned back in his chair listening, with his amused grin: Two men who liked to talk giving each other that generosity of a wide ear. I look forward to our families continued friendship with his children's trips to the island. My condolences. Yours, and love, Elizabeth Burke

Posted by Elizabeth Burke - Portland, ME - friend   April 27, 2017

We will never forget the many visits Eli made to the Trueman's in Newcastle, Maine. Eli had such energy, intelligence and wit. Always welcome company. He was "Interested and interesting" A bright light in our lives and to all he met. My sister and I still sing " Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Eli!" I can still hear his deep,rich chuckle every time we serenaded him! He will be deeply missed.Wishing Jody and all the family comfort and peace.

Posted by Dorothy Trueman~Renda - Newcastle, ME   April 27, 2017

Dr. Dow was such a special doctor and friend to my father, mother, family and friends. I will never forget him, he truly was one of a kind. Condolences to the entire Dow family.

Posted by Diane Keliher - Boston, MA   April 22, 2017

Dr Dow was more than a friend to me I feel he was family to me.
My heart is broken for you and your family.may god bless you and your family.
My deepest condolences Jody.
Shirley Musto

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss! My deepest condolences for the whole family.

Posted by Vazken (Mardy's Shoe Repair) Yapoudjian - Newton, MA   April 22, 2017

Dear Mrs. Dow, we are saddened to hear of your husband's passing. We send our prayers to you for peace and comfort during this trying time.
- SGT and Mrs Dennis Williams, National Lancers

Posted by A friend   April 21, 2017

Dear Jody,
I am so sorry to hear about Eli. Boston Latin School was very blessed to have such a stellar alumnus. His charm, leadership and devotion ensured that the Class of 1944 was viewed as a very special group. I was truly blessed to know him and well recognize what a great couple you two have always been. My sympathy to you and the family.
Cornelia BLS 1944 (hon.)

Posted by Cornelia A. Kelley    April 20, 2017

Dear Jody,
I am so saddened to hear of Eli's passing this week. Your husband was a wonderful man who throughly enjoyed life, friends and family. My thoughts and prayers for you, Andrea, your sons and your grandchildren. What a tremendous loss. For almost twenty summers I have enjoyed seeing you and Eli at Longwood and we will all miss him terribly.

Thinking of you my friend at this very sad time.

With love,

Posted by Daria McLean - Boston, MA - Friend   April 20, 2017

We are so sorry for the loss of your loved One. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. He will surely be missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him. Our sincere condolences to Jody, Andrea and the whole family. May his soul rest in peace.

Robert and Varso

Posted by Robert & Varso Shafie - Newton, MA   April 20, 2017

MY HEARTFELT sympathy to Mrs.Dow and her family. HOW proud he must have been of his family. For me I personally send my thoughts and prayers to all especially Dr.Edward who cared for my sister,Mary Ellen, with skill, patience,dignity,while helping our family stay informed. So blessed we were. Thank you for bringing this amazing man into the world. You all have a special guardian angel.Patricia Walsh

Posted by Patricia Walsh - Allston, MA   April 20, 2017

My heart goes out to Jody and Eli's family. I loved his curiosity and zest for life. He loved to travel and we swapped stories and information about travel to China and Tibet. He was a boon to his family and to his community . RIP, Eli.

Posted by Jeanne Kangas - Boxborough, MA - acquaintance   April 20, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jody and the family. There are so many wonderful memories of Eli and Jody, parties at their home, sailing, being greeted by Eli's Mother at their home. Eli will be missed. Rest in peace.

Patty Libbey

Posted by A friend   April 20, 2017

Eli..a wonderful, faithful friend in times of sunshine or sorrow. He will surely be missed by all those who were lucky enough to know and enjoy his company during his many years here on earth..myself included, wife of Lou Tessier, BLS Classy Class of '44!

May you rest in peace, Eli, and peace be with your loved ones, Jody and family, as they focus on the wonderful memories you made together during your amazing lifespan.

Anne T.

Posted by A friend   April 20, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2017

Dear family,

I have known Eli for more than thirty years as we have both been part of the Tufts Medical family. I have admired his commitment and determination to make the Medical school a better place for students and to help provide them with important financial support. I saw him last at a Tufts event in a wheel chair with an obvious disability which did not in the least cause him to lose his enthusiasm for life. My wife and I have enjoyed visiting Eli and Jodi at their beautiful stately home in Brookline.
Our sincere condolences to you.

Bruce and Joyce Pastor

Posted by Bruce Pastor - Weston, MA   April 19, 2017

Dear Jody and family, my sincerest sympathy to you on the loss of Eli, a wonderful man and friend. He and Jack spent so much time together planning all the events for the Class of '44 (the Classy Class). I have many memories of those days and will be remembering them in the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jody, and your family. Carol Drummey

Posted by A friend   April 19, 2017

The entire Senecal family is devastated at the loss of our dear friend, neighbor and doctor Eli Dow. Eli loved our children, our parents and spending wonderful times together not only for holidays but for neighborhood Fisher Hill projects, charity parties, Boston Latin School events and lots more.

Our two sons, Paul and Philip, and our daughter, Toni (whom Eli nicknamed "Chi-Chi beans") loved helping with Eli and Jody's parties and enjoying their beautiful home and grounds and their enthusiasm for life.

Paul and I and our family will forever raise a toast to Eli who represents for us something for which there is no substitute, a good friend.

Lots of love.

Posted by Paul and Barbara Senecal - Brookline, MA - Family Friend   April 19, 2017

I am truly sorry to learn of the passing of Eli. He was a wonderful supporter of all that was Tufts. I will sorely miss him. My sincere condolences to Jody and the family. Elliot Strong, M.D.

Posted by Elliot Strong - Pelham Manor, New York   April 19, 2017

I met Dr. and Mrs. Dow through my Uncle, Jack Drummey, at multiple Boston Latin School events. Despite being so busy overseeing these events, Dr. Dow was so gracious to always take a few minutes to chat with me. I am very lucky to have known Dr. Dow from the 'Classy' Class of 1944. Condolences to Mrs. Dow and their Family.

Posted by Mark Michalski - Plymouth, MA   April 18, 2017


My deepest and most sincere condolences to Jody and the Dow family in regards to the passing of Dr. Eli Dow. He and my father, Dr. Farahe Maloof, were great friends and colleages for many years at the MGH in Boston. I fondly remember the many occasions when Eli and Jody were at my parent's home in Milton, MA for a get together. My prayers and thoughts are being sent to Jody and the Dow family on this difficult occasion. Stay strong. God, the angels and saints will take care of Eli in heaven. Love to all of you.

Posted by Paul Maloof - McLean, VA - Friend   April 18, 2017