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FOWLER, Mary Elizabeth Mary Elizabeth Fowler, beloved sister, aunt, friend and teacher, died on November 21, 2009, at age 97 after a long and productive life. A resident of West Hartford and New Harbor, ME, Dr. Fowler was born in 1911 in Lewiston, ID, to Herbert Eugene and Mary Keatinge Fowler. She was the oldest child in a family that included her sister, Jean Parsons of West Hartford and the late Herbert K. Fowler of Fayetteville, AR. When she was a child, her family relocated to Bellingham, WA. The remembered beauty of the Puget Sound coast later spurred Dr. Fowler to explore the Maine coast and ultimately to build a home there. Dr. Fowler graduated from the University of Washington with BA and MA degrees. Following a move East to New Britain, she began her teaching career in the English Department at Berlin High School, later teaching at Northampton High School in Massachusetts. During World War II, Dr. Fowler served as a recreation director with the American Red Cross (Army Hospital Division) from 1944 to 1946 and was based in London during the bombings there. Return trips to visit wartime friends in England and Ireland imbued her with a love of travel that she cultivated throughout her life, traveling extensively throughout Europe, South America and the Far East. In 1946, Dr. Fowler began teaching in the English Dept. at the Teacher's College of Connecticut (now CCSU) where she continued until her retirement in 1973. She received her doctoral degree from NYU in 1951, became a full professor in 1961 and served as Supervising Teacher of English Majors for nearly two decades. A member of several professional organizations, she served as President of the New England Association of Teachers of English and published several articles in professional journals. In 1965, in association with her colleague and friend Elizabeth Rose of Hunter University, she published a textbook, Teaching Language, Composition and Literature for McGraw-Hill. Dr. Fowler instilled a love of literature and the arts in her nieces and nephews, bringing them on trips to museums, plays, ballet and opera in New York City. She had a special love for the coast of Maine and her summer home overlooking the sea. Her nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews all have fond memories of lobster cookouts and evenings spent reading aloud in front of a roaring fire, and continue these traditions with their own children and grandchildren. Dr. Fowler is survived by her sister, Jean Fowler Parsons; her six nieces and nephews and many, many students and friends. A private memorial service will be held this summer in Maine.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 22, 2009
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