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Dowdy Biographies from South Carolina

Thanks to Brenda Dowdy for this information

George T. Dowdy and Lewis C. Dowdy are descended from the lineage of
Josh and Margaret C. Dowdy of Richland County, South Carolina.


Dr. George Theodore Dowdy, Sr.

Dr. George Theodore Dowdy, Sr. - Professor Emeritus, Tuskegee University:
Dr. George Theodore Dowdy, Sr. was one of 14 children of (mulatto) South Carolina plantation owner William Wallace Dowdy and Alice Shiver Dowdy. George T. Dowdy was born on March 11, 1913 in Eastover, South Carolina. He received his elementary and secondary school education in South Carolina. He earned a B.S. degree at South Carolina State College in 1937. He completed his M.S. (1947) and Ph.D. (1952) degrees in agricultural economics at Ohio State University and did post-doctorate work at Case Institute of Technology. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Dr. Dowdy came to Tuskegee Institute, in Alabama, to head its Division of Agricultural Economics. While heading the Division of Agricultural Economics at Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Dowdy did consulting work and was instrumental in securing financial aid for farmers in Macon County, Alabama. In the mid-1970's, he became Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences at Tuskegee Institute and was vitally instrumental in securing grants in excess of $1.6 million for Tuskegee Institute's adult educational program affecting about 10,000 functional illiterates in Macon County, Alabama. Dr. Dowdy was a very active member of the Tuskegee, Alabama community and served as a Director of the Tuskegee Federal Savings & Loan Association and simultaneously served as Chairman of both the Building Committee and Appraisal Committee of The Tuskegee Federal Savings & Loan Assn. In 1979, Dr. Dowdy was appointed by the Governor of Alabama to serve on the Macon County Board of Equalization and in 1988 he was re-appointed by the Governor to continue to serve on that Board. Dr. Dowdy was also the author of AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RELATED TERMS (1966) and authored several published articles in professional and trade journals. When Dr. Dowdy retired in 1980, Tuskegee Institute President Luther H. Foster, bestowed upon him the honor of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Dowdy was a World War II veteran and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Tuskegee and The Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Dowdy died (at age 87) at his Bibb Street home in Tuskegee Institute on August 30, 2000. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Ball Dowdy, who died in 1997. They are survived by their two children, Brenda Dowdy-Robinson and George T., Jr. of Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.
[for more on Dr. George T. Dowdy, see the book 37th Edition - "Who's Who In America 1972-1973].



Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, Sr.

Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, Sr. (sixth President and first Chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University). Lewis C. Dowdy, Sr. was born September 1, 1917 in Eastover, South Carolina; he was the brother of Dr. George T. Dowdy of Tuskegee Institute, and also one of the 14 children of William Wallace Dowdy and Alice Shiver Dowdy of South Carolina. Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, Sr. was educated in the public schools of Eastover, S.C. and then received his Bachelors, Master's, Doctorate degrees and certificate from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina (1939), Indiana State College (1949) and Indiana University (1965) and Harvard University Management Institute for Presidents (1965) respectively. Because of his distinguished leadership in Amercan higher education, he was elected President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges in 1972. He conferred with three U.S. Presidents on matters affecting higher education and he testified before numerous congressional committees. [see The Aggie Report, a BiWeekly Newsletter of N.C. A&T State Univ., Jan. 19, 2001). Dr. Dowdy was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Beta Epsilon Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and was a deacon at Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro. Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, Sr. died December 17, 2000 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was 83 years of age at his death. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Smith Dowdy of Greensboro, N.C., his sons, Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., Attorney Lemuel W. Dowdy, Sr. of Washington, D.C., his daughter Elizabeth Dowdy King of Greensboro, N.C.




Update 11.17.05