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RIKARD TO RETIRE FROM DOW'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald A. Rikard, senior consultant and a member of Dow's Board of Directors since 1982, announced today he will resign from his position effective Feb. 1, 1993, upon reaching the Board's suggested retirement age of 65 for inside directors.
 Commenting on Rikard's retirement, Frank Popoff, chairman, president and CEO, stated, "To Dow people around the world, Don Rikard's contribution to manufacturing is a matter of record. He was not only instrumental in building key production units, but also in their operations and in the manufacturing disciplines that underlie them.
 "Perhaps less well known, but equally impressive, was Don's contribution as a director. He represented the best in terms of management and decelerating directors, always able to grasp the issue and ask the hard question. His contributions will be missed."
 Rikard joined Dow in 1950 as an engineer in the Texas Division training program. He worked as a research and development engineer, then as assistant superintendent and superintendent of light hydrocarbon installations before transferring to Glycerine as superintendent in 1961. Two years later, he was named section superintendent of Light Hydrocarbons. Positions as production manager for Chlor-nitrogen Products and for Olefin Products for the Texas Division followed in 1967 and 1968, respectively.
 Rikard was named general manager of Dow's Oyster Creek (Texas) Division in 1973 and general manager of the Texas Division in 1977. He was named vice president and director of Operations for the U.S. Area in 1978 and executive vice president and director of Operations for the U.S. Area in 1979.
 Rikard was named a vice president of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and corporate director of manufacturing and engineering in 1982. He was the functional manager on a global basis for manufacturing and engineering, safety and the technology centers. Later in 1982, he was elected to the company's Board of Directors. Rikard became a senior consultant for the company in 1988.
 Rikard received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.
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