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Niels Arthur Chew ’55

Niels Arthur Chew ’55, February 25, 2013, in Sonoma, California. Niels began his undergrad studies at Dartmouth, leaving school for adventures with the Norwegian Merchant Marine, working on freighters in the North Atlantic. He then came to Reed and studied at the college for two years. Back home in New York City, he joined his father in the food export business. In 1955, he married Susan Wetherby. In the early ’60s, the couple moved to California, where Niels purchased the Miner Tool Company, the foundation for his corporation, Dowling Miner Magnetics. Niels and Susan settled in the Sonoma Valley in 1973, raising a family of four, building the business, and supporting philanthropic efforts in the community. “Niels’ legacy lies in the greatness of his generosity, the depth of his kindness, and his unwavering commitment to volunteerism,” his family wrote. “Ultimately, his greatest joy was his family, his friends, and his community.” Survivors include his wife, two daughters and two sons, and nine grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2013

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