B. David McDowell, 65, college English teacher

February 26, 2005

B. David McDowell, who taught English at Anne Arundel Community College for more than three decades, died of brain cancer Feb. 17 at a hospice in Arlington, Va. He was 65.

Dr. McDowell was born and raised in Whitewright, Texas, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 from the University of Dallas. Two years later, he earned his master's degree in English from Texas Christian University and then completed work for his doctorate at Catholic University of America in Washington.

He began teaching at the community college in 1970, and had been its director of substance abuse education since 1990.

Dr. McDowell lived in Alexandria, Va., and commuted to the Arnold campus. He also held teaching positions at Harford Community College and Southeastern University in Washington.

He enjoyed gardening, and oversaw flower plantings at Anne Arundel Community College and designed the Fisher Martin Herb Garden at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Del.

Plans for a private funeral Mass were incomplete..

Dr. McDowell is survived by an aunt, Oletha Butler of Whitewright, and his partner, Timothy Lowe of Alexandria.

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