In Memoriam: Chad Sowers (Ph.D. Design '13)

ChadSowers.jpgChad Sowers (Ph.D. Design ’13) passed away July 6th at the age of 32. He suffered a heart attack while visiting his family in Canby, Oregon. Chad was a graduate student in Design and just completed his Ph.D. in May. He was looking forward to starting an assistant professor position at Louisiana State University this fall. He received his bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design from Oregon State University, and completed his master’s degree in Apparel Merchandising at Colorado State University.

While at the University of Minnesota Chad was the lead research assistant in the Human Dimensioning© Lab (see video below), where he held the Phelps Research Assistantship. He was lead teaching assistant for the textile course and taught several Apparel Design studio courses. He received the College of Design Outstanding Graduate Student award in 2013. Chad will be greatly missed for his intelligence, creativity, kind, gentle manner and that incredible smile.

His family suggests donations to either The Oregon Humane Society in Portland or
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (which helps fund instruments for music education in low income areas). Condolences and remembrances of Chad can be sent to his family by contacting his sister, Jacci Jones, at

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