Roy Wesley Dowdell was born March 15, 1928 to Charles Arthur and Rosa Lee Dowdell in Carter, OK. He grew up and attended school in Elk City, OK before joining the Marine Corps at the age of 17, serving as Radio Operator in the Pacific Air Command during World War II. Roy and four of his brothers all served in and survived World War II, which resulted in them being named in the Honor Roll of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he attended
Southwestern State College in Weatherford, then graduated from Carver College of Chiropractic, Oklahoma City in 1952. He served the communities of Elk City, Cheyenne, and Hydro prior to graduating from the OU School of Medicine in 1963. He practiced family medicine both in Oklahoma and Baytown, TX prior to retiring in 1999.
Dr. Dowdell’s many accomplishments in the field of medicine are too numerous to mention, but include presenting a paper, “The Etiology of Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease” at the 39th Annual Convention of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners at Perth, Western Australia in 1996. He presented that same paper at the 50th Annual Convention of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Chicago in 1997. Dr. Dowdell held membership in numerous medical associations, serving as Chairman of the Southern Medical Association in 1987.
His many hobbies included obtaining his private pilot’s license, Gemology degree, and Master Gardener degree. He was an amateur Ham radio operator, call sign W5NZR; a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, Oklahoma Wing, Medical Officer and Pilot. He was also a member of the American Legion, played banjo in the Okie Dokie Banjo Band, and enjoyed doing stand-up comedy.
Dr. Dowdell was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Jane (Masoner) Dowdell; and grandson, Spencer Wayne Dowdell.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory: daughter, Jan Pierce; son Ron Dowdell and wife Teresa; daughter, Sharon Lusk and husband Phil; daughter, Debbi Hart-Bertone; stepson, Jack Honn; grandchildren: Amber Shearer and husband Dr. Jack Shearer, Melissa Ward and husband Tommy; Lesley Bloese and husband David; Aaron Hart and wife Tasha; great grandchildren: Kane McIntyre, Brooklyn McIntyre, Riley Hart, Ashtyn Bloese, Nash Ward, Keaper Ward, and Emery Hart; and great great granddaughter, Brinnlie McIntyre, expected to arrive in September.
A celebration of Dr. Dowdell’s life will be held 2pm Saturday, August 18 in the Chapel at Resthaven.