Feature Stories 2023: Sharing the value of education

Fred Lebow
Feature Stories 2023: Sharing the value of education
Sharing the value of education

Fred Lebow ’67 leaves a legacy for College of Engineering students inspired by his passion for learning

When Fred Lebow ’67 was asked if he wanted a new diploma with after the university’s name changed to UMass Dartmouth, he replied, “Sure, but do I have to take more courses?”

Given the chance, he may very well have.

Lebow has been a lifelong learner since his days at Southeastern Massachusetts Technical Institute studying electrical and mechanical engineering. As he explored disciplines that ranged from acoustical engineering to real estate development to construction to asbestos and lead removal, Lebow amassed a wealth of knowledge and started FSL Associates in 1983 based in his native Brighton, Mass., in 1983. The company provides engineering solutions for high-tech electronic communications and real estate development. In addition to Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, FSL offers comprehensive services in environmental, civil, and forensic engineering.

Never idle, Lebow has taken courses in masonry, construction, woodworking, and industrial photography; he even enrolled in a sewing course. At 50 years old, Lebow entered a continuing education program at Northeastern University’s Environmental and Regulatory Management Program. “There was hardly a year when I wasn’t taking a course,” he said.

He’s also a commercial pilot and a flight instructor, and is still cruising the skies today, though not as much as in the past.  

“I used to fly a two-seater plane into JFK Airport in New York—that was a real exciting challenge.” 

Lebow has visited UMass Dartmouth since his days as a young engineer and was inspired to support future engineers. As he approaches full retirement in two years, he searched for a way to leave a legacy at UMass Dartmouth and began the Frederick S. Lebow Scholarship Endowment for students in the College of Engineering.

“I believe education can change someone’s life,” said Lebow. “What impressed me about UMass Dartmouth was how much they supported students and helped them change their lives.” 

Coming from a working-class family himself, Lebow understands that many students cannot afford to pursue their academic dreams and future careers without financial assistance. In planning his estate, Fred decided to commit a portion of his assets to build on his already established scholarship, and takes great satisfaction knowing that he’s providing support for future generations. 

“I can’t think of a better way to make an impact. Education changed the course of my life. I think we should all do what we can to ensure everyone has the same access we enjoyed.”

On April 17, 2024, Lebow received the Alumni Achievement Award for his extensive engineering career and dedication to advancing technology at the 51st annual Alumni Awards. Read more about how UMass Dartmouth celebrated all that Lebow has accomplished as a Corsair here.

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