Linda J. DuBow, a devoted mother, grandmother, wife and friend of the UF College of Pharmacy, passed away in February. She and her husband, Laurie, were inseparable during their 59 years of marriage, and she was devoted to her children and grandchildren. As Laurie enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Linda faithfully supported the family business — even sitting in on important job interviews to pick the right candidate. An avid football fan, Linda encouraged her husband to become a founding partner of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise and enjoyed attending games with her family.
In the late 1980s, Laurie and Linda, along with their children, Susan and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Helen, founded the DuBow Family Foundation. With Linda’s guidance, the foundation has generously given to charities, community groups, religious organizations and educational programs, including the University of Florida. Linda, Michael, ’87, and Susan, ’84, all attended UF. Helping further education and improve the lives of children has been a big focus for the DuBows. Laurie and Linda pledged $1 million to the UF College of Pharmacy in 2007 to boost graduate research and create the DuBow Family Graduate Student Education endowment. The gift followed a $1 million donation to the college by the DuBows in 1991. The funding supports doctoral candidates in the department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy whose research betters the treatment of children and families. A gift from the DuBow Family Foundation in 2016 helped the College of Pharmacy open a state-of-the-art interactive classroom on the Jacksonville campus that connects faculty and students with peers in Gainesville and Orlando for simultaneous instruction and learning. More recently, the foundation committed $500,000 over five years to construct the new UF Data Science and Information Technology Center in Gainesville, which will be a multidisciplinary facility supporting engineering, pharmacy and bioinformatics programs.