Richard Cowan DDS
1925 - 2020
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Sept 15, 1925 - Aug 18, 2020 Richard S. Cowan, DDS, passed away peacefully at his home on the evening of August 18, 2020; he was 94. Dick was a loving husband to his wife of 70 years, Lois Hildreth Cowan, a wonderful father to their children Dennis Cowan, Melissa Rochte (Tim), Kathleen Kendall (Ken), Rich Cowan (Michele), and an awesome grandpa to their grandchildren Owen, Evan and Monica Rochte, Christine Kendall, Cameron and Justin Cowan. After graduating from LA High, he completed pilot training in the Army Air Corps and then went on to the University of Southern California to receive his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In 1956 he graduated from the USC School of Dentistry and began his practice that would last for 50 years. His loyal patients, who received their dental care at his office in Redondo Beach, appreciated his compassion as well as his skill. Making his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Dick was a charter member of the Los Verdes Golf Course, where he often teed off at dawn on Wednesday mornings. He was an active member of the South Bay Athletic Club and a decade's long supporter of USC Trojan football. As an avid bird watcher, he enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center. Due to the current health situation, there will be a private family Mass of Celebration at St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the USC School of Dentistry.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Sep. 6, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Cowan. He was such a wonderful person and the best dentist ever! No one was more gentler than he was. He made this world a better place!
Ellynn-Marie Artusio
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September 9, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Nancy Robards VanDyck
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September 9, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Nancy VanDyck
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September 8, 2020
Richard was a real gentleman, loyal to USC beyond belief. I enjoyed playing golf with him at dawn on Wednesdays for many years. When the crows would start cawing at us, he would always caw back with the most authentic sound! They probably thought we were crows, too. His knowledge of local birds was incredible. His memory will be in our hearts and minds forever.
John Schuricht
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September 6, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a very sweet man. Your family always will hold a special place in my heart. Prayers for you all.
Wendy Wolverton Keller
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