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In Memoriam: Homer Dowd

United Way of Tarrant County joins the community in mourning the loss of Homer Dowd, who passed away Feb. 25. Homer was the former Vice President of Finance and Administration at United Way of Tarrant County. He served the organization diligently from 1972 to 1992; a period when the United Way annual campaign raised more than $265 million.

In addition to his financial expertise, Homer made a significant impact in the area of facility management. At United Way’s former Fort Worth quarters at 210 E. Ninth St., he was instrumental in the renovation of the offices and their expansion throughout the two-story building when the entire first floor became available to a growing United Way.

Even more important, Homer worked with the City of Arlington on United Way’s behalf to establish the Southeast Tarrant County Arlington Human Service Center at 401 W. Sanford in 1987. The Center houses multiple health and human service agencies at a single location. The City owns the Center and United Way manages it.  This public/private partnership between United Way and the City of Arlington  was considered the first of its kind in the nation, and Homer was instrumental in making it a reality.

In 1992 Homer became President of the Community Foundation of North Texas, which United Way of Tarrant County had helped establish. He served as President of the Community Foundation until 2009. During Homer’s tenure as President, the Community Foundation’s asset base grew from $18 million to $100.5 million. The Foundation awarded nearly $15 million in grants to non-profit agencies during his last year as President.

Through his long and devoted service to United Way and the Community Foundation, as well as to other organizations, Homer Dowd’s impact on this community will be felt for many years to come.