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David Ray Dowell

David Ray Dowell, American library administrator.


  • Dowell, David Ray was born on November 14, 1942 in Trenton, Missouri, United States. Son of Clarence Ray and Ruth Lucille (Adams) Dowell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1964. Master of Arts in History, University Illinois, 1966. Master of Library Science, University Illinois, 1972.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986.


    • Teacher Wilson Junior High School, Tulsa, 1964-1965. Head library administrative services Iowa State University, Ames, 1972-1975. Assistant university librarian Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1975-1981.

      Director libraries Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1981—1990. Library director & assistant dean Pasadena City College, California, 1991—1995. Director library/learning resources Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, since 1995.

      Consultant County Commissioner's Library Planning Committee, Durham, 1976, Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1978, Biblioteca do Centro Batista, Goiania, Brazil, 1978.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Righteousness is a demand of God. It can be received only through faith in God.

    Denomination: Baptist


    The word of God can be discovered only through the Bible.


    Trustee Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District, Illinois, 1985-1987. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1967-1971. Member American Library Association (chairman professional ethics committee 1977-1978, chairman election committee 1982-1983, chairman library personnel advisory committee 1979-1980, career pathways task force, 2000-2002, awards committee 2001-2005, Library. of Future award jury, 2002-2003, chairman 2003-2004, education committee, 2003-2004, scholarship taskforce, 2004-2005), Association College and Research Libraries (nominat ing committee 1979-1980, library technical assistant training committee, 1992-2005, chair 1993-1995, academic status committee, since 1993, institutional priorities & faculty rewards task force, 1997, professional development com, 1997-2001, Learning Resources Leadership award, 2007), Library.

    Administration & Management Association (board directors 1981-1983, membership committee& governmental affairs task force, 1983-1984, alternative finance task force, 1984-1985, orientation committee, 1985-1987).



    Tennis, genealogy.


    • Married Arlene Grace Taylor, May 9, 1964 (divorced 1983). Children: Deborah Ruth, Jonathan Ray. Married Denise Jaye Christie, August 19, 1983.

      Stepchildren: David Lee Smithey, Jason Alan Smithey.
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    Born November 14, 1942
    (age 74)
    • 1964
      Oklahoma Baptist University
    • 1966
      University Illinois
    • 1972
      University Illinois
    • 1986
      University North Carolina
    • 1964 - 1965
      Teacher, Wilson Junior High School
      Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
    • 1972 - 1975
      head, library administrative services Iowa State University
      Ames, Iowa, United States
    • 1975 - 1981
      assistant, university librarian Duke University
      Durham, United Kingdom
    • 1981 - 1990
      director, libraries Illinois Institute of Technology
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1991 - 1995
      library director, & assistant dean Pasadena City College
      California, United States
    • 1995
      director, library/learning resources Cuesta College
      San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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