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Dr. Herman D. Tow, a retired dentist, of Gainesville died January 12, 2018 at the age of 90. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Herman D. Tow, Sr. and Gladys Tow (Fortney) and grew up in west central Illinois.
He moved to Gainesville in December, 1989 from Oklahoma where he was Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Chair of the Oral Biology Division at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Prior to that time he served as a Navy Dental Officer for 20 years. He achieved the grade of Captain and was the Deputy Chief of the Navy Dental Corps when he retired in 1980. Dr. Tow devoted a number of years to research. He was Chair of the Dental Sciences Department at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, MD, and became Director of the Navy Dental Research Program in 1974. His research interests included study of microbiological and immunological factors in dental disease as well as periodontic surgical restorative procedures. He was one of the pioneers in the use of freeze dried skin to repair periodontal soft tissue defects. He was author and co-author of a number of dental research papers.
He received both his BS and DDS from Northwestern University as well as his residency in periodontics. There were numerous professional organizations to which he belonged such as; Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology.
Survivors include; his wife of 60 years, Ileene Tow (Nowers), a daughter Martha Horter, son-in-law Rob Horter and grandchildren John and Kathryn Horter all of Gainesville.
There will be a graveside service on February 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marines' Memorial Foundation at marineclub.org/donate or by mail to Marines' Memorial Foundation, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Please visit his memorial page at
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