Joseph L. Dowdell
Joseph L. Dowdell, 86, two-term mayor and longtime resident of Yellow Springs, OH, passed away on October 6 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn Kelley Dowdell.
Born in Auburn and raised in Auburn and Warren, OH, Joe was the oldest son of Vanderbilt and Millie P. Dowdell. Joe attended Warren G. Harding High School, where he excelled in academics. He went on to earn a BS in Mathematics from Miami University (Ohio) and an MS in Systems Engineering from MIT. Over a nearly 40-year career in computer science and technology, Joe rose through the ranks of the Air Force Civilian Service to become Technical Director, 88th Communications Group, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. He retired from Wright-Patterson in 1997.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline Dowdell; brothers, James (Juanita), Millikin (Cheryl), and Samuel Dowdell; and sister, Vancenia Rutherford. He is deeply missed by his family, friends, and community. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (https://www.ysseniors.org
Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on Oct. 17, 2021.