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Douglas A. Gowell, 52, of Methuen, MA, beloved husband and father, died unexpectedly Tuesday (September 11, 2001) as a result of the New York World Trade Center plane crash and disaster. Born in Fitchburg, MA, Mr. Gowell graduated from Lowell Institute of Technology. He worked at developing cutting edge technology for the past 2 1/2 years at Avid Technologies in Tewksbury, MA as Director of New Market Development. Douglas also worked for other technology companies including Augment Systems, Inc. of Westford, MA, Polaroid Corporation, Waltham, MA and IMAGITEX, Inc., Nashua, NH. He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. (Smith); his son, Michael and daughter, Jessica of Methuen, MA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Denise Gowell of Santa Ana, CA, David and Dorothy Gowell of Newington; and a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and David Stone of Milwaukee, WI; his half-brother, Wayne Gowell of Gardner, MA; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws also survive him. Mr. Gowell possessed a genuine curiosity and interest in a wide variety of leisure time activities and hobbies. Foremost was his love for all types of music, followed by his desire to investigate, use and understand many forms of technology. Arrangements, Calling hours are Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at Kenneth R. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA followed by a Memorial Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Lucy Church, 245 Merrimac Street, Methuen, MA. Friends may also call at the home of David and Dorothy Gowell, 60 Pfister Drive, Newington, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01710 or the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 841003, Boston, MA 02125.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 15, 2001.
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September 11, 2020
God bless you, Doug. I think of you often and remember your influence on my life. I pray you know only peace.
David Saggio
September 12, 2018
Doug, I think of you daily and often pray at the Garden of Remembrance in your memory. Your kindness is not forgotten. May God keep you close and watch over your family.
David Saggio
September 12, 2018
We had a reunion meeting last night for our Class of 1966 Leominster High School, Leominster, Ma., and we had a moment of silence for Doug as a former classmate. This will remain in our lives forever. Prayers are with the family.

Shirley Reynolds, Co-ordinator
Class of 1966
September 11, 2018
Thinking of you and your beautiful family. Wishing you didn't have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Thankful for your role in our journeys.
Friend Of Family
October 1, 2016
You personally wouldn't know me, but Doug graduated with me from Leominster High School in 1966, and we recently had our 50th reunion, and his photo still hangs on our Memorial Wall for our class. We will remember him always and your family as well. Our condolences from the CLASS OF 1966
September 8, 2016
To Doug's Family - stay strong and be encouraged! What a remarkable smile he had - I'm sure he is missed.

I don't know you all personally, but I have prayed for your family and healing for your hearts for the past 15 years.

Treasure your memories and trust God in your life as you move forward.
Brenda Williams
February 18, 2015
Doug, my prayers are with your friends and family today as I pause to remember you and the many others who lost their lives so senselessly on that sad day. I pray for strength for your family, and some comfort for them in knowing that there are many Americans who will always remember them.
Love from Texas.
Del Newberry
September 23, 2014
For an music lover who will never be forgotten
Melissa Blue
September 23, 2014
Always a shame when someone who loves all types of music and who is so eclectic dies too soon because usually they share that appreciation with others and keep the music going to future generations. Know he's enjoying types of music in Heaven he probably never knew existed and has been for the past 13 years. May you never be forgotten. I'm sure you're missed here by those who need the new innovations in technology and the explanations and more investigations into what's going on now.
Melissa Blue
September 11, 2014
bella beltz
September 11, 2014
Remembering you on this anniversary and think about you on every one R.I.P.
Rita Thomas
September 11, 2013
Remembering you on this anniversary. It's been many years now, but I think of you often and pray for your peace. You are a good man. Honorable. And made an impact on my life. Rest well, Doug.
David Saggio
September 8, 2013
Doug, you truly were a remarkable man. You, Jess, Barbara and Mike were my second family. Thank you for making every memory I have of you a happy one. I think of you often. You would be so proud of Jess and Mike. Love always.
Kelly L
April 24, 2013
Doug's Garden
Barbara Gowell
February 11, 2013
Everyday that passes I think about you. Miss you everyday.
September 11, 2012
Doug, I think of you every year on this day. You are still missed.
Bill Keever
September 23, 2011
We never met in this life, Doug, but I am getting to know you through your family who loves you very much. You will be forever in my thoughts. May God Bless You.
Michelle Allesina
September 12, 2011
Jess, Even though ten years have gone by; please know that you, your family, and loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers, always. God Bless
Margaret Mary Conklin, Finley (NU nursing school classmate of jessica)
September 12, 2011
Barbara and family, I thought about Doug on this horrible anniversary, and I just wanted to send my best wishes to all of you. I know it's very hard to lose someone you love so much, but I know he is with all of you at this time. As we approach our 45th Class Reunion in two weeks, He will be remembered on our Memorial Table at that time, which will be Sept. 24th. God Bless all of you. Shirley (Williams)& Jim Reynolds, Classmates of Doug from Leominster High School class of 1966, and all fellow classmates as well. One of our classmates will be playing the bagpipes as a memorial service.
September 11, 2011
Thoughts of you and your family on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 from Lowell Tech classmate and TKE Frat brother.
Howard Jones
September 10, 2011
I participated in a remembrance run yesterday on board Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily. At the start of the run, every participant was given a name of someone who was lost on 9/11 and I received Douglas's name. I ran for him, and am thinking of you and your family on this 10th anniversary. Deepest sympathy to you.
Tracie Barnthouse
August 26, 2011
May 10, 2011
I recently discovered that doug was a victim of 911. my deepest belated condolences to you and your family.
dick lemish
September 11, 2010
To the family of Douglas A. Gowell:
Douglas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our heroes of September 11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 1, 2010
Dear Barbara:

I've been troubled by the fact that I didn't attend Doug's wake. You probably don't remember me but I'm Jo, Walt's sister. In June of 2001 my son, husband and I traveled to LA on the same flight that Doug was on. Sean was checking out colleges. I think often how it could have been us instead of Doug. Please accept my very belated sympathy for Doug's loss and know that his beloved spirit will always be with you.
Jo Berman
September 22, 2008
To the Wife and Children of Doug Gowell,
I, too, am a member of the Gowell
family. I am Marilyn, a daughter of
Doug's uncle, Harold, his Dad's
I wanted to tell you that your Husband, and Father, was
honored this past Sept. 11, 2008,
in a Memorial Concert in Southbridge, MA, when our
chorus, the Quinebaug Valley Singers
performed. We presented a
collection of patriotic songs, and
prayers and poems were also
I dedicated the evening, as did
my friends, to Doug.
We keep you all in our thoughts
and hearts.
Marilyn (Gowell) Lawendowski
September 12, 2008
It's hard to believe that seven years have passed, especially when the pain still hurts so badly. I think of you often and try to emulate your kindness and calmness. You are missed.

I never forget. Not for one day do I ever forget.

God bless you, Doug. God bless America.

/ David
David Saggio
September 12, 2008
I was an employee at Avid from 1996 to 2006. In January of 2001 I was working the Avid booth at Internet World (or whatever they called it back then) in Los Angeles, CA. Doug Gowell and I stood 10 feet apart from each other for 3 days but I don’t recall that we ever spoke to one another or had a proper introduction. I was based in Seattle and Doug in Tewks so we didn’t know each other and had separate responsibilities in the company and on the booth.

As I see his picture on this website after all these years I can vaguely remember seeing him with his customers in the booth, talking shop and doing his thing.
That’s all I remember……

Often now, As I travel through life I find myself in situations where I’m surrounded by strangers and/or co-workers from other parts of the country or the world of whom I have never met. And when I think I’d rather hang with my familiar friends than take the time to meet new ones…. I think of Doug, and I remind myself that we are only here for a short time and that no time should be taken for granted.

Doug’s death 7 years later still impacts me today, I think of him every time I fly which is weekly. I have met and befriended more people because of Doug’s legacy. I take more time to introduce myself to co-workers and strangers where I may not have before. My children have picked up on this too….. so Doug’s impact continues onto the next generation.

Be outgoing, be friendlier to those “invisible” people you see everyday. You never know what tomorrow brings.

God Bless you Gowell Family – You will never be forgotten, I assure you.

Ken Clark
FMR - Sales Manager
Avid Technology, Inc.
1996 to 2006
Ken Clark
September 11, 2008
Just want you to know you will never be forgotten.
We all miss you.
Ralph Lloyd
September 11, 2008
My mother's late sister was married to Doug's late brother Bob....May your soul find everlasting peace
George Noory
January 28, 2008
I did not know Doug. However I worked at Avid from 1991 to 1998 and took that same flight to LA many times. Was there during the riots in 1992. I suppose it could have been me, were I to have stayed on. Although, I do not want to pretend to exclaim that I have any portion of a measure of what his family has gone through. The loss is beyond what I can convey in words. If by chance, in some sort of way, that his family can take a grain of solace in knowing he passed in our greatest tragedy on American soil for our generation, then so be it. I have no way of comparison to their grief, and I consider him a hero.
AJ Steffenberg
September 30, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
August 21, 2007
I met Doug while at Digital Island working on a Global Video streaming solution where we were considering Trilligent. Mike Rockwell introduced us. I flew to Tewksbury and we spent a couple of days together. I can say we were friends and I am very sad for his family as he was a great guy. I still carry a pen he gave me and remember him often.
Joe Rosenkrantz
June 15, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
November 1, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 22, 2006
God Bless the Gowell Family, My deepest sympathy to you.Your in my prayers.Iam very sorry for your loss.
Dawn Sproules
September 19, 2006
To Barbara and the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Doug was a classmate of mine from Leom. High School of 1966. He will missed. We are doing a memorial wall on Nov. 25th at our 40th Class Reunion, and his photo will be displayed there also. He will be with us in thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.
Shirley (Williams) Reynolds
September 12, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Douglas' family
Margaret Whitaker
September 12, 2006
I will always remember.

And you will always be missed.

God bless you, Doug. God bless your family.
David Saggio
September 11, 2006 thoughts are with you probably on a daily basis I wonder how you are doing...I truly hope you and your kids are well.
John Pattee
September 11, 2006
Just to let you know that I'm thinking of you and your family today and saying a prayer for all of you. Norca (Northern Essex - RR)
Norca Disla-Shannon
September 10, 2006
You were really an interesting person. May God bless you as we live through the fifth anniversary of your death.
James Cho
September 3, 2006
Dear Barbara, Michael and Jessica,

We are coming upon the 5th anniversary of this national tragedy and we are as sad today as we were when it happened.

In my mind's eye, I still see Doug passing by early that morning in the limo headed to airport - I remember seeing him the night before as he was checking the work he was doing in the front of your home.

None of you are forgotten in our hearts nor in our prayers!
Lucie & Tony Consentino - Lantern Lane
April 4, 2006
My deepest sysmpathies to Barbara and family, Is been many years since Doug and I were neighbors on Lantern Lane. He was building his house when we first met. We had a great friendship during that time and I will never forget him.
Jim Kudla
September 21, 2004
rebecca clark
September 11, 2003
To the family of Doug,

I am deeply sorry for this loss. He was a great man. He was one of the finest people I had met during my tenure at Adobe Systems. Doug constantly spoke of his family. He especially liked to talk about his children. He was the most respectable human being I had met in a very long time. I remember when he stated that he wanted to take the family to the Red Sox game. I gave him my corporate tickets and told him to have a great time. He always stated how he loved to play with gadgets and bought one of the first PDA's. He showed it to me proudly. Doug also helped me in trying to find a job when I became unemployed. God took a great man. I am sure that he is watching over all of you and protecting you from where he is.

My prayers are with you.

Fran Barbaro
Fran Barbaro Altieri
September 20, 2002
To the family and friends of Douglas; You have my very deepest Sympathy my fullest support as we remember our heroes that lost their lives so tragically. THEY MUST BE REMEMBERED FOREVER!
I will be writing a poem about Douglas today and praying that God helps me to use the words that will give him greatest honor he so deserves.
God Bless
Diane Huggins Secretary-Poet
Americas 9-11 Memorial Quilt Organization
Diane Huggins
September 11, 2002
Dear Barbara,
It's hard to believe that a year has gone by, yet emotions are still raw. We are coming up on our 30th wedding anniversary in November in which you and Doug were attendants. We think of you with fondness and sadness every time we look at our wedding photo. We will always remember the good times we had at Lowell Tech and the TKE fraternity.

May Doug now rest in peace, and may God bless you and your family.
Rich & MaryJane Mastrovich
September 11, 2002
I did not know Douglas but I wear his name on a bracelet in remembrance. My thoughts are with you.
Shirley deKnegt-Kuzik
September 3, 2002
Doug, you are sadly missed. You were so kind to be an usher in our wedding on October 3, 1970. We will remember you each time we visit our wedding album. We pray for your family.

Donna and Bill Russo
Donna Russo
June 12, 2002
On June 10, 2002, 1 mile was waked to honor the life of Douglas and all the family, friends and loved ones left behind. may you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Douglas, may you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.
Kathy Swaringen
April 26, 2002
May God Bless you and watch over the family and friends that you left behind on 9/11/01. Rest in his loving peace forever more.
Angie Campbell
April 19, 2002
Hi I need your help you see I'm trying to make sure every family that lost a love one receive a homemade quilt. When I seen what happen I knew I had to do something so as I was crying and praying the Lord answered my prayers by telling me to make quilts for everyone. Not a very easy task especially when I really don't know where to start. I started making quilts and soon ask my friends and everyone in our wonderful country to help. Soon I had 1554 quilts ready to go. We took them to New York and hand deliver them to Pier 94 where the families wereon Dec 16,17, and 18. I know my job isn't done and I have to continue so I came across a list of all the victim and decided to see if maybe there friends or families could help me try and bring some comforter to the parents or spouse. If you need to check me out please do ask our Senator Harkin from Iowa phone number is 515-284-4574 and ask Dianne Liepa what my mission is with the Freedom Quilts. By the way my name is Betty Nielsen. I was on America 01 and Good Morning America. You can also call Good Morning America and ask for Catherine Upin one of ABC Productor to check the facts out. I'm trying to make sure and not miss anyone so please if you can help me by contact his beloved wife and telling her what I plan on doing she can email me or you can and let me know if it's okay. Right now I have made and collected 1174 and still working at making more. I need your help in order to completed my project. I hoping get all the families that lost a love one from the Sept 11 attacked and present them with a quilt. A quilt of love and comforter. I'm also thinking that maybe your senator from your state can line something up and I could bring quilts to hand over to the families. Please if you have any idea and would want to help me bring some comforter please talk to the families even the senator of your state and perhaps we can so something special. We here in Iowa want to show that it doesn't matter how far you are we are thinking of them and praying and we also want to give them a sign of comforter and love. What better way of showing that this country is great and that we care for one another. Thank you for listening.
Freedom Quilts
Betty Nielsen
13637 550th ST
Fonda Ia 50540
March 12, 2002
Barbara, Jessica, and Mike,
In deepest sympathy, the one's that we've lost still go on with us in spirit, in the faces of family their presence still lingers, in the dreams they once nurtured, they still shape our future, in the hearts that embrace them they live on forever, his memory lives, his love endures, God Bless you all.
Rita Thomas
December 30, 2001
We are very sorry for your loss of Douglas. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
November 4, 2001
Trinity Episcopal Church
410 North Pine Street
Florence, Alabama 35630

To the Family of Douglas A. Gowell,

On All Saints Sunday, November 4th, Trinity Episcopal Church held a Blood Drive in memory of all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each person who donated chose a name to memorialize by his or her gift. Douglas Gowell was chosen by Greg Cox, a member of our church. Although we cannot lessen your personal pain and grief over this terrible tragedy, please know that you and your loved one are not forgotten and that we keep you in our hearts and prayers. May God bless you!

Mary White
Chairman, Outreach
Mary White for Trinity Episcopal Church
October 27, 2001
I met Doug in 1999 while at Cisco Systems. He and I worked on a strategic alliance between Cisco and Avid. I visited him at Avid headquarters in Massachusetts, and got to know him well enough to consider him a friend. I'm about the same age, and was able to relate to him personally. Something made me read the list of WTC casualties and I was shocked to see Doug's name. Please accept my deepest sympathy. He was a great guy.

Woody Lewis
Woody Lewis
October 5, 2001
To the family and friends of Douglas Gowell:

He was a guest in my home town, and he was murdered. My heart goes out to all of you. I pray for strength for all of us.
Clara Evans
October 3, 2001
Barbara, Jess & Mike;

Words cannot possibly express our feelings at this time. But please be assured that our thoughts and prayers remain with you always.

Bob, Anne & Heidi
Bob Fearing
September 23, 2001
Barbara Bolin
September 15, 2001
My most sincere and heartfelt sympathys to your entire family. I didnt know Douglas A. Gowell but I am American and I am a mother with a son and a wife with a husband and a sister...I cant find words to express how sorry I am. I think I can speak for the entire country. Please take some comfort in knowing that I care as do many other Americans...
Be strong and always remember the smiles and love and memories of your loved was a gift to have known him im sure....I wish i could have known him...
I will pray for your family and for Douglas....hes at peace with God now
Donna Taylor
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