John A. Dowless, Sr.

Retired LTC John Alexander Dowless Sr., 86, passed away 21 Dec 13. in Saint Vincent’s Medical Center with loving family by his side.

John was born in Fayetteville. NC on 18 May 27, to the late Joseph and Manic Dowless. He served his country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During WWII. John served as a naval corpsman. At war’s end, he returned to North Carolina where he attended Wake Forest. Upon graduation he received a direct commission in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army.

While serving in the U.S. Army he earned a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University. During the Korean War, John was a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot and during the Vietnam War, he served in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1972, John was a college professor at Fayetteville State University and Florence-Darlington Technical College. At Florence-Darlington Technical College, John established their new Department of Allied Health. After establishing the Department of Allied Health, John relocated to Jacksonville where he worked for the State of Florida as a health care surveyor until he retired in 1989.


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