Milestones: Gerard Dowd, 1952-2012

Gerard “Gerry” Dowd, a long-time executive in the food and foodservice industries, passed away suddenly on August 6

Gerard “Gerry” Dowd, a long-time executive in the food and foodservice industries, passed away suddenly on August 6 during a fly-fishing trip to Alaska. He was 60.

Born in Philadelphia, Dowd graduated Villanova University in 1973 with a B.S. in Business Administration and soon began his career with Swift & Co. For the next  40 years he proved a highly formidable force in the protein category, rising through the ranks first with Swift, then with Tyson Foods,

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