William Q. Dowdle, 90, of Oswego, NY and Sarasota, FL died peacefully on January 7, 2014. Bill was born in Oswego, the son of Frank D. and Katherine Quinlan Dowdle. He served in the US Navy during WW II in the Philippines and later stateside. He attended Texas A&M, Cornell University and later attended Oswego State University. Bill worked for the City School District of Oswego. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, he was the truant officer for the district. He later taught high school Science and eventually taught Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and introduced the first computer course in the Oswego High School in 1973. Bill retired in 1984 as the chairman of the Math Department. Bill and his wife, Betty, whom he married in 1952, retired to Sarasota, FL. They continued to spend summers in Oswego. They returned to Oswego to live full time in 2012.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; son, William R.; daughter, Elizabeth M. and her husband, Kenneth Roller; son, James M. and his wife, Katherine. He is the cherished grandfather of Brian W., Meghan M. DPT, Patrick S. and Caroline L. Dowdle. Also surviving is his brother, James H. (Barbara) Dowdle; and brother-in-law, Jack Reed (Marjorie). Bill was predeceased by his brother, Edward J., and sister, Anne Beardslee.
Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Paul's Church. Visiting: Dowdle Funeral Home, 154 E 4th Street, Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions to St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlin, SD 57325. www.stjo.org or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 800-805-5856, or shop.stjude.org is appreciated.