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Library administrator

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.


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.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Baptism should be administered to those who can understand the Christian faith and the true meaning of the rite.


Christians should commit themselves to pray for personal and national spiritual revival and cultural renewal.


The family is the most basic of human institutions through which people are nurtured and sustained in love, responsibility, and respect.


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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: 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.

Clarence Ray Dowell

Ruth Lucille (Adams) Dowell

Arlene Grace Taylor

Denise Jaye Christie

Deborah Ruth Dowell

Jonathan Ray Dowell

David Lee Smithey Dowell

Jason Alan Smithey Dowell