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Gerald ‘Gerry’ Lee Dorow

Gerald Lee Dorow, 94, a chemical engineer who served as a meteorologist in the Army Air Corps during World War II, died May 9, 2013.

He was born at home on Nov. 15, 1918, in Imlay City, Mich., the only child of Louise Martha Retz and Samuel David Dorow, who were the children of German immigrants.

He grew up in Detroit and was a trumpet player with military bands while still in high school. He worked as a carpenter with his father to pay for college, graduating from Lawrence Tech as a chemical engineer.

After training at Cal Tech, he was sent to India during World War II as a meteorologist in the Army Air Corps where he directed planes flying over “the Hump” (the Himalayas).

He married Florence “Katy” Booth on July 11, 1947.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Gregory Dorow; daughters, Sharie Pyke, Deanna Patz and Tammy Freeman; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Smith West Funeral Chapel on Thursday evening, May 16, with services at 1 p.m. May 17.

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