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Carol Ann Dowsing


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Carol Ann Dowsing Obituary
1943 - 2015 Carol Ann Dowsing passed away quietly at her home on Thursday evening, August 6, 2015. Born to Albert Abdalla and Elizabeth Cosan in NW Washington DC and growing up in Arlington VA, her life was affected by personal proximity to world events. As a child, she told of being able to see the top of the Washington Monument from her bedroom window. Carol's education began in a wonderful enlightened small school, called Green Hedges, in a private home in the Virginia country side. Before graduation from Washington-Lee high school she received graduation credits while working at the National Democratic Headquarters in DC during John Kennedy's bid for the presidency. After the election, the National Committee found her a job working for a Michigan congressman, the congressional district that would later become congressman Gerald Ford's, before his ascension to the Presidency. A few months later, she received a call from Lenny Donnelley, who Carol worked with at the National Committee. Carol was nineteen at this time and Lenny, who was working at the White House, offered Carol a job to come work with her in the White House tours scheduling office. Lenny and Carol became lifelong friends. On that fateful day, November 22nd, 1963, she spent all her time keeping a line open to Dallas for arrangements for the return of President Kennedy's body. The White House staff was very small at the time and Carol's office had the most outside phone lines and it became the center for the funeral arrangements. After the assassination she continued working at the White House, though it not the same anymore. Washington DC had left a hole in Carol's life. She relocated to California to make a fresh start and friends got her a job at Continental Airlines about the time Pierre Salinger, the former White House press secretary, began working there. When Bobby Kennedy announced his bid for the Presidency, both of them immediately went to the work on the campaign at the Ambassador Hotel. As fate would have it, Carol was there waiting in a room on the other side of the kitchen for Bobby Kennedy to come to through after his victory speech in the ballroom, but he never made it. Again friends worried about Carol and to bring up her spirits, encouraged her to take a job with the former California lieutenant governor, Glenn Anderson, in his campaign for congress in the South Bay. There she met John, a volunteer worker providing campaign photography pictures. Carol and John fell in love and a year later they were married. In 1969, Carol and John opened Dowsing Photography Studios, a commercial photography business in Torrance, and for the next wonderful 35 years they worked together most every day. Through the success of the studio, Carol and John were able to design and build their dream house in Palos Verdes, the place she most loved to be and where she spent her last days. An home reception will be held to celebrate Carol's life on Saturday the 29th of August 2015.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2015
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