E.N. (Ned) Brandt Endowed Scholarship Fund #668

To provide an annual scholarship award to a student majoring in public relations or communications. Preference will be given to students who have give back to the community through service activities and have an interest in history, public affairs or philanthropy.

From the fundholder:

Ned’s career at Dow spanned 33 years. In 1986, Ned retired from Dow and moved into an office at the Post Street Archives, continued a pursuit he began in the 1970s: preserving the history of The Dow Chemical Company. Ned began serving as the company historian Dow Chemical in 1983. Ned is the author of many books including:

“The Papers of Herbert H. Dow,”

“Growth Company: Dow Chemical’s First Century,” Written in celebration of the firm’s 100th anniversary, it traces the rise of Dow from its unlikely beginnings in a dying lumber town in the backwoods of central Michigan.

“Chairman of the Board: a Biography of Carl A. Gerstacker” Biography of Carl A. Gerstacker who was born in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. At an early age his father, Rollin, instilled in him an interest in finance and the stock market. In 1930, when Carl turned fourteen, Rollin advised his son to withdraw his paper-route and odd-job money from a local bank and invest it all in The Dow Chemical Company. It was the beginning of a relationship that would last a lifetime.

“They Called it Mag-nificent,” The book describes the mutually-beneficial relationship between The Dow Chemical Co. and Magnesium Business from 1916-1998. Ned described the evolution of magnesium manufacturing at Dow, including lots of insights into workplace safety and environmental practices.
“Bug Fighters: A History of Dow AgroSciences, 1897-2007” Tells the story of a group of key Dow AgroSciences employees, who worked over a century to produce new and better insecticides and other materials used today on farms and in gardens. The book’s cover is a reproduction of the 1920 painting “Spraying in Herbert Dow’s Orchards” by Arthur Henry Knighton-Hammond. The research of Brandt was aided by the fact that Herbert Dow kept journals all his life about his experimentations with various chemicals in his gardens and orchards.

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