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Lois Kuznets DOWLING

1935 - 2016
Lois Kuznets DOWLING Obituary
Jan. 8, 1935- Nov. 14, 2016

Lois was born the same day and year as Elvis Presley; though their paths never crossed, she could certainly shake her hips.

While Lois lost her parents at an early age, her uncle Nelson Rostow and aunt Celia Rostow adopted her. As first (and last?) Socialist candidate for secretary of state for Connecticut and as an early Vista volunteer, Celia was a strong influence on Lois's humanitarian values.

Lois showed an early love of reading and pursued her interest in the study and teaching of literature at Swarthmore College, Yale University, and Indiana University in Bloomington. She already had two young daughters, Naomi and Miriam, when she completed her Ph.D. While she studied medieval literature in earlier years, she became an expert in Children's Literature and a president of the Children's Literature Association as well. She taught for many years at Lehman College in New York and San Diego State University. She retired to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her loving husband of forty years, James Dowling. She and Jim became an integral part of PTD, a local theater company, and they devoted themselves to the troupe's productions.

Lois had many fine friends, whom she welcomed into her and Jim's home. The dinner table was the hub for silly and inspiring conversations. If she and Jim weren't at the table, they were reading on the sofa or exploring the world at home and abroad. Despite Lois's diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer in 2006, she was able to live another ten years in mostly good health and spirits. After Jim died suddenly in 2014, Lois moved to Austin, Texas and Westminster Manor, where she continued to make new friends, read, go to the theater and museums, and complain about the weather. She also got a kick out of her amazing grandsons.

Lois is survived by her daughter Naomi, grandson Ben, and Ben's other mom, Sherri; daughter Miriam, son-in-law Max, and grandson Eli; daughter from another mother, Annie Villalobos and her son Gabriel; sister-in-law Cathy Sanderson and her family; two nephews Dan and Steve and a niece Kathy and their families. Naomi and Miriam are grateful for the kindness given to Lois by her friends, family, and care team.

Lois was witty, persistent, and will be sorely missed. Please honor her memory by contributing to a cause of your choice and/or by reclining on a sofa with good reading in hand and a friendly mammal within reach.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2016
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