David R. Dowell, PhD

David Dowell

Title: Genetic Genealogist, Ethicist, Author, Lecturer, Librarian

Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

David R. Dowell, PhD, Genetic Genealogist, Ethicist, Author, Lecturer, and Librarian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Academics.

Dr. Dowell has led many roles, and was notably a director of library and learning resources at Cuesta College in California from 1995 to 2007, as well as an instructor there until 2011. He is currently a board member-at-large of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, and a visitor of the DNA Project of the American Council on Education. Dr. Dowell is known as the author of such works as “Libraries in the Information Age” and “NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection.” He is also a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert and a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Trenton, Missouri native, Dr. Dowell earned a BA in history from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1964, and an AM in Latin American history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He further completed a MLS in library sciences there in 1972, and earned a PhD in the subject from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. Dr. Dowell entered teaching with Wilson Junior High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was head of library administrative services at Iowa State University of Science and Technology from 1972 to 1975. He became the assistant university librarian of Duke University from 1975 to 1981, and director of libraries at the Illinois Institute of Technology until 1990. Dr. Dowell also served as library director and assistant dean of Pasadena City College before joining Cuesta College.

In addition to collegiate roles, Dr. Dowell was also the chair of the Genealogy Committee from 2008 to 2012, and a consultant of the County Commissioner’s Library Planning Committee in 1976.  He has supported numerous projects, and was trustee of the Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District in Illinois for two years, as well as a site visiting team member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Dowell served with the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971 to the rank of captain, and was recognized with a 2007 Leadership Award from EBSCO Community College Learning Resources and a 1995 Public Relations Special Award from the John Cotton Dana Library.

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