Frederic Eugene COWDEN M.D.

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COWDEN, M.D., Frederic EugeneAge 97, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013. A native Tennessean, he was born in Tullahoma to parents, Rev. John Brandon Cowden and Lillian Smallman Cowden, and grew up in Nashville at the family home, Casa Loma on Charlotte Ave. Preceded in death by his cherished wife of 65 years, Miriam Faith McGaw, and his beloved son, Fred E. Cowden, Jr., along with brothers, Charles Magness Cowden and John Smallman Cowden. He is survived by his two daughters, Louise Cowden Kitchell (Joseph) and Mary Cowden Brockman (Henry); seven grandchildren, Steve Cowden (Susan), Mark Cowden (Yvette), John Cowden, Rob Braden (Angela), Lauren Brinkley (Keith), Bonnie Cross (Trevor), Will Brockman, and ten great-grandchildren. After graduation from Morgan Prep School in Petersburg, TN, he came to Vanderbilt University for his B.S. (class of 1939) and M.D. (class of 1942) degrees. After completing his internship in Internal Medicine at Bowman Gray School, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving in the Pacific from 1942 - 1946, and achieving the rank of Major. He completed residency training with a year in pathology at Vanderbilt, another year in medicine at Bowman Gray, and a final year at Thayer Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1949 he began his private practice of Internal Medicine with a special interest in infectious diseases that lasted over 40 years. He continued to teach clinical medicine at Vanderbilt, served as President of the Medical Staff at both St. Thomas and Baptist hospitals, served as President of the Nashville Society of Internal Medicine, Secretary of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, and President of the Southeastern Clinical Club. He continued to maintain an interest in scholarly activities with several scientific publications on topics ranging from seizures, cardiovascular disease, to allergic pneumonitis. He was honored by the American College of Physicians with the prestigious Laureate Award given to those who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and service. In addition to these many accomplishments, Dr. Cowden was well known and loved throughout the community for his devotion to his patients and dedication to the practice of medicine. He inspired all who knew him through his example, demonstrating the qualities of service to his patients, colleagues, family and friends. Doctor Fred was simply adored by everyone. His kind nature, delightful wit, ethical character, concern for others, memorable storytelling, and love of family were all hallmarks of a grand life. He was an ardent duck, dove and quail hunter, a keen doubles tennis player, a frustrated golfer, avid reader, and enthusiastic supporter of Vanderbilt basketball and Titans football. In addition to his many friends and associates, the family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful and caring staff at Richland Place Health Center, 4th Floor. A Memorial Service and visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at West End United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Reed Hall, followed by the service in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West End United Methodist Church, Alive Hospice, or the .


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Published in The Tennessean from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2013
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