Thomas John Dowd Jr.

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Thomas John Dowd, Jr.

Oct. 14, 1935 ~ Feb, 8, 2013

Tom Dowd was born to Thomas John Dowd, Sr. and Catharine Luhn Dowd in Spokane, Washington, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. He joined the Psi Upsilon fraternity where he made many lifelong friends, managed the Husky football team for four years, met Catherine "Kay" Dowd, his wife of 55 years, and graduated with a business degree. After his assignment as an Army Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, they returned to Seattle. He continued to serve in both the Army and Navy Reserves--where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1970, he co-founded Seattle/Northwest Securities, Inc. where he was a municipal bond specialist. In 1980, he returned to the U.W. to obtain a graduate degree from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, then began his second career teaching port and marine transportation management there as an Affiliate Professor through the Washington Sea Grant program, until retiring in 1998.

Tom passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after complications from a recent stroke. He is survived by his wife Kay, children Mike, Patty (Uli Haller) and Tim (Amy Tonnessen) and grandchildren Avery, Peter, Eric and Iris.

In addition to his work and family, Tom enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time at the family cabin on Whidbey Island.

Memorial services to be held Saturday, February 16th at 10:00 AM at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 4900 NE 50th St., Seattle. See full obituary @

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Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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