Harold R. Dowell, MD, age 89, died January 5, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center of an extended illness. He was born in Carrollton, Ohio, on April 3, 1929, son of Norma Leona Dowell and Glenn Coe Dowell, Sr., MD., and raised as a devout Methodist. He was predeceased by both parents and an older sibling, Glenn C. Dowell, Jr., M.D. and younger sibling, Samuel C. Dowell.
After attending the Carrollton School system for ten years, he graduated from The Manlius Military School in Manlius, New York in 1947. He then attended Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio, for nine years, receiving a B.S. degree in 1951 and an M.D. degree in 1956. He interned the following year at City Hospital in Springfield, Ohio. He then served two years stateside in the United States Army Medical Corps, receiving special training in obstetrics and gynecology at the USAH at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and attaining the rank of captain. In 1959, he established a medical practice in Family Medicine in Canton, Ohio, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed family practice immensely and was proud of the relationships he established with his patients and the interplay with each visitation. While maintaining a Courtesy membership on the Aultman Hospital Medical Staff at Canton, Ohio, he was also an Active member of the Timken Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff of Canton, Ohio, where he was a Chairman of both the Department of Family Practice and the Department of Emergency Medicine and instrumental in attaining full departmental status for the latter. He was also active at both the county and state levels of the Ohio Academy of Family Practice and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine. He was a member of the Stark County Medical Society, the Canton Academy of Medicine, the OSMA and the AMA. He was a past president and CEO for four years of the Canton Emergency Physicians, Inc. which supplied medical coverage to TMMC Emergency Room for fourteen years. Dr. Dowell was a past member of Brookside Country Club in Canton and had many interests and hobbies including birding, fishing, hunting, golfing, bridge, scouting (he was an eagle scout) and enjoyed most all of nature's offerings. Bobbie and Hal's visitations (mostly in their Ford SUV) included all of the Canadian provinces and territories and the 50 United States - primarily enhancing their ornithological interests - which were extensive. Their goal was a listing of 700 different birds within the continental United States and Canada on the American Birding Association's (ABA) List. They only made it to 667! Beginning in January of 1988, he and his wife, Bobbie, assumed a part-time living status at Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida; and in November of 1997 moved there full time. He greatly enjoyed his active involvement in the Nature Group and other areas at Foxfire - and hopes folks there will continually be "Hal's Pals" by helping maintain the plant, water and animal habitat "Nature's Way" at Foxfire! He authored a monthly "Nature Group" column in Foxfire's monthly Newsletter (The Fox Tales) beginning in December 1996 that signed off with "JUST NICE FOLKS HAVING FUN- NATURE'S WAY - AT FOXFIRE!", and they do! - and did! - and will! He enjoyed many fishing sojourns into Canada with family and friends, especially to Rice Lake near Coberg and Roseneath, Ontario, at Grigg's cabins; the Georgian Bay Fishing Camp near the French and Key River deltas into the bay in Ontario; and the Laurie River Lodge on the Laurie River in northwest Manitoba. Caught many walleyes, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Bass, and Catfish and feasted on shore dinners. Always treated with kindness, help and availability for our need by the Canadian folks!
He is survived by Bobbie, his best friend and loving wife of 66 years; three of their four children - Douglas, Deborah and Michael (he was predeceased in 2010 by their second son, Markham); two wonderful daughter-in-laws, Karen (Douglas), Lesa (Michael), and a wonderful son-in-law, Toby McCully (Debbie); six grandchildren, Alexandra (Douglas and Karen), Erin and Markham II (Markham), Jamie (Deborah), Ashley and Evan (Michael and Lesa); and six great-grandchildren, Haley and Davis (Erin), and Jocelyn and Lillian (Jamie and Blair), and Amabelle and Sophia (Markham II).
Following cremation, burial will be in the North Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleums in Canton, Ohio, with private family services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Foxfire Memorial Fund at Foxfire Golf and Country Club, 1030 Kings Way, Naples, Florida 34104 or The Wilderness Center [designated to the DIM Harold R. Dowell (Bobbie) Endowment Fund] at P.O. Box 202, Wilmot, Ohio 44689 or The Bell-Herron Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 123, Carrollton, Ohio 44615. Please sign the guest book at shriverfuneralhomes.com.