Harvey S. Sadow, Ph.D.

Dr. Harvey SadowDr. Harvey S. Sadow, a leading figure in the pharmaceutical industry, died on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the age of 88.

Dr. Sadow, son of the late Nat and Frances (Saveth) Sadow, was born in New York, NY, October 6, 1922.  He was a resident of Ridgefield, CT since 1988, where he lived with his wife Mary (Morrissey) Sadow.

He attended New York City public schools and graduated from Stuyvesant High School.  He was a member of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1944, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree.  He later attended the University of Kansas, from which he received an M.S. in 1949, and the University of Connecticut, from which he received a Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry in 1953.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and the Korean War, and worked in the Foreign Service of the United States.

He began his civilian career as Director of Research at Lakeside Laboratories in Milwaukee, Wisconsin¸ where he was involved in the development of the first non-insulin treatment for Diabetes.  He returned to New York to serve as Senior Vice President and Director of Research of USV Pharmaceutical Corp., a division of Revlon Health Care.

Between 1971 and 1990, Dr. Sadow enjoyed a leadership role with Boehringer Ingelheim.  He joined Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. USA as President and Chief Executive Officer and established the US headquarters of the German company in Ridgefield, CT, its present home.  He served in that role through 1981, and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of its successor Company, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent, Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation until 1988.  From January 1988 to December 1990, he served as Chairman of the Board of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Roxanne Laboratories.

Dr. Sadow served as Chairman of the Board for many start-up companies including: Cholestech Corp, Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Delta Health Products Development Corp., Acacia Biosciences, Inc., Trega Biosciences, Inc., and sat on the Board of Directors of Penederm, Inc., Telios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Houghton Pharmaceuticals Inc, Cytel Corporation, Systemix, Rosetta Inpharmatics, Inc. and Targetech. He also served as an Independent Director of Anika Therapeutics, Inc, and Senior Advisor to the management of Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Foundation and past President of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He was an active President's Circle Member of the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine.

Through the years, Dr. Sadow maintained strong ties to the University of Connecticut and the UConn Health Center.  He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, and was awarded the University Medal.  He was a member and president of the UConn Foundation’s Board of Directors, and established the Nat and Frances Sadow Scholarship.  He was instrumental in the establishment of endowed academic chairs in pharmacology and immunology research at the UConn Health Center.  Additionally, he was active in the VMI alumni association and served on Virginia Military Institute’s Board of Visitors, as both board member and Chairman of the Board.   He was a recipient of VMI’s Distinguished Service Award. 

A true philanthropist, Dr. Sadow actively supported the arts and sciences, as well as various non-profit organizations and cultural institutions.  He chaired the Board of the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, was a member of the President's Council of the American Lung Association, and a Trustee of the Medical Affairs Committee of the Danbury Hospital. He served as Chairman of the Connecticut Law Enforcement Association Foundation, Public Member of the Connecticut Board of Education, Member of the Board of the Aldrich Museum, and the Ridgefield Family Y.  He received many awards and honors including the Distinguished Service Cross First Class from the Federal Republic of Germany for contributions to enhance the economic and cultural relationships between the US and Germany. He received the Abraham Ribicoff Award for Outstanding Community Service.  He was also a tremendous inspiration and mentor to numerous individuals both personally and professionally.

In addition to his loving wife Mary, Dr. Sadow is survived by two sons, Harvey S. Sadow, Jr. and his wife, Susan; Todd Sadow, M.D.; two daughters, Suzanne Sadow and her husband, Ken Conrad; and Gay Summer Sadow Rick and her husband, Larry; an adopted son Dan Sadow; three stepsons who he treated as his own, Lawrence McSwiggan and his wife, Sara; Thomas McSwiggan; and Kevin McSwiggan and his wife, Cathy; a sister in law, Edith Sadow; and six grandchildren: Nina, Kathryn, Caolinn, Sinead, Mason and Major. Dr. Sadow was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Jay Walter Sadow.

Memorial Services for Dr. Harvey S. Sadow will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 12 noon at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacy Rd., Danbury,

Contributions in Dr. Sadow’s memory and honor may be made to Regional Hospice of Western CT, Home Care Program, 405 Main St., Danbury 06810, Ann’s Place, The Home of I Can, Cancer Support Services, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Suite 17, Danbury 06810, Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield 06877 or to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury 06810.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.



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