Lois Dowey

Obituary of Lois Dowey

Lois Montgomery Dowey, educator, activist and long time resident of Princeton died Nov. 11, 2011 after a two year battle with cancer. She was born in Parma, Idaho on September 25, 1925, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a Welsh immigrant teacher. She lived in Portland OR where her father proved up on a homestead. Lois graduated from Madera High School in Madera, California and from Occidental College before moving to New York City where she obtained a Masters in Philosophy from Columbia University. Lois married Edward Dowey in New York in 1954. They lived in Chicago for two years before moving to Princeton in 1957 when Edward started a long career at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lois raised two children, Edward (Ted) and Elizabeth. In 1965 Lois started teaching middle school History and English at Princeton Day School. She was active in securing equal pay for women teachers. In the 1980s Lois taught at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and at Literacy Volunteers in NY. Lois went back to school and received a Masters in African Studies from Rutgers in conjunction with the University of Ghana, Legon. Lois traveled to Ghana for a semester to study. Later she established support for a series of students there, allowing them to continue with their education. Lois was committed to helping less fortunate people in her community; especially by encouraging young people to complete their educations. She developed after-school programs in Trenton. For some students she continued to provide financial and moral support through higher education. Over the years Lois traveled extensively in Central America, Africa, and Asia, including a trip along the Silk Road from China into India, and catching a glimpse of Everest from a plane. Lois established the L Dowey Fund which serves to help finance the education of students in Ghana and in Trenton, fulfilling her lifetime of devotion to advancing the education of those less fortunate. A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday December 17th at the Mountain Lakes House 57 Mountain Ave Princeton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be mailed to the L Dowey Fund at: 1 Markham Rd #1D, Princeton. Arrangements under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton
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