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June 5, 2001
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Dow Corning Manager Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Doug Aldrich, global manager of lab facilities for Dow Coring Corporation in Midland, Mich., recently was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Aldrich, of Midland, received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from South Dakota Tech in 1962. He received a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1968.
Aldrich received the honorary doctorate after delivering the commencement address during South Dakota Tech’s 143rd commencement, held May 12 in Rapid City, S. D.
Aldrich has worked for Dow Corning for 36 years. He led one of the company’s first major commercialization programs, and managed product development, metallurgy, and analytical sciences. His staff assignments were in human resources, product line management, and process technology. After an assignment to assess corporate laboratory needs, he built a major research and development center in 1990. He evolved this into managing all Dow Corning technical facilities in the United States before expanding his role globally. He has completed lab projects in Germany, Brazil, Singapore and Belgium, with one underway in China. He also oversees lab safety worldwide and is the company’s chemical hygiene officer.
Aldrich has been active in his church ( executive board, stewardship, music, speaker), played French horn in concert band, and acted in a play and a musical. He served as company co- chair for United Way, and has coached many youth sports teams. He developed a technical writing course that is still offered at a community college after 25 years.
His wife Karolyn is a singer and voice teacher, and has two other businesses. They have four children and six grandchildren. Besides family time, their favorite hobbies are travel, music, reading, entertaining, wallpapering, and fine cuisine.
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