July 11, 2008
In memoriam: Alexander V. d'Arbeloff

d'arbeloffAlexander V. d'Arbeloff, an honorary MGH trustee and former member of the boards of trustees for the MGH, Partners HealthCare and Partners Community HealthCare, Inc. (PCHI), died July 8 of complications from a glioblastoma. He was 80 years old.

D'Arbeloff was born in France, growing up both there and in South America before coming to the United States in 1938. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1949 with a degree in Management, in 1960, he and fellow classmate Nick DeWolf established Teradyne, a manufacturer of automatic test equipment and interconnection systems for the electronics and telecommunications industries. D'Arbeloff served as president and chief executive officer of the organization, leading the company's growth from $13 million to more than $1 billion in annual sales before his retirement.

At the MGH, d'Arbeloff was a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1999, when he was then named an honorary trustee. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Partners from 1995 to 1998, was a PCHI trustee from 1995 to 1997 and served with the Partners Corporation beginning in 1994. A longtime supporter of CIMIT along with his wife Brit, d'Arbeloff provided funding and support to a number of the organization's important research initiatives and fellowship programs, including the annual Alexander V. d'Arbeloff Research Fellowship.

D'Arbeloff is survived by his wife and their four children, Katherine, Eric, Matthew and Alexandra; their six grandchildren and other family members, loved ones and friends. Funeral and burial services are private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education at MIT and can be mailed to the Office of Memorial Gifts, 600 Memorial Drive, W98, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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