Associate of Arts, Delmar College, Corpus Christi, 1940. Bachelor with honours, Corpus Christi State University, 1986. Master of Arts in Studio Art, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, Corpus Christi, 2003.
Artist Davison Paxon, Atlanta, 1944—1945. Layout artist Tucker Wayne & Company, 1945—1946. Fashion illustrator Lichtenstein's, Corpus Christi, 1948—1949, 1951—1952.
Artist, art director Adcraft Advertising Agency, 1952—1979. Owner, artist, writer B. McDowell Graphic Design, 1979—2000.
Donor Art Center College Design, Pasadena, California, from 1979, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, from 1991, Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, from 1995, Art Museum S. Texas, 1995, Texas Advertising & Marketing University, Corpus Christi, from 2000. Member Rockport Center for Arts. President Art Center of Corpus Christi, 2004—2005.
Member Art Museum of S. Texas, from 1994, board governors, from 2005. Member, committee chair Municipal Arts Commission, Corpus Christi, 1986—1992. Member of Southwest Sculpture Society, Watercolor Society S. Texas (president since 1977), S. Texas Art League (chairman since 1976).
Married William Wells McDowell, January 6, 1944 (deceased 1976).