|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1997|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
He is the son of Ray Carlton Cowley (1891-1990) and Jennie Priscilla Davis (1891-1975) and maried Mary Kathleen Lowrance and is the father of 5 children.
Children are Marsha, Lawrence, William, Gregory and James Cowley
He is a 2nd Great Grandson of Shadrack Roundy (1789-1872)
LA VERKIN--Ray Garn Cowley died Thursday, February 27, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born March 6, 1919 in Venice, Utah, to Ray Carlton and and Jennie Davis Cowley. He married Mary Kathleen Lowrance of Cutbank, Montana, Nov. 14, 1942 in Salt Lake City.
He completed a B.S. degree in Bacteriology and M.D. degree at the University of Utah, graduating at the top of his medical school class and completing an internship at Boston City Hospital, one of the Harvard teaching hospitals.
Entering the military during World War II, he served 28 years in the U.S. Military Services, including the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and holding the position of Commanding Officer of medical operations in South Korea. Other postings included Germany, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. Active in research and medical practice, he published numerous articles in leading medical journals and was one of the first physicians to become actively involved in anti-smoking education.
Retiring at the rank of Colonel, he received the Legion of Merit, the second-highest peacetime award given by the President. He held specialties in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, and was a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. After military retirement he became director of the largest chest hospital in the United States in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, and later served as Director of Public Health for the Eastern and Southwestern regions of the State of Utah. He initiated efforts to eradicate tuberculosis among Utah's Native American populations, for which he received the Beatty Award.
He served an LDS mission in the Northwestern States from 1939-1941, and later served twice as bishop, and as counselor in a stake presidency and a mission presidency. He and his wife, Mary served an LDS medical mission in New York City.
A devoted and loving family man, he worked and played with equip intensity. He developed interest in a wide array of scientific pursuits and personal hobbies, and always found ways to involve his family members in these activities. His avocations included fishing, cultivation of fruit and nut trees, growing exotic fruits and vegetables. He was esteemed by all who knew him as an extremely compassionate person, brilliant yet humble and willing to share.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of 54 years, one brother and three sisters. He is also survived by three sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Services were held at an earlier date with interment at the Venice City Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary
Ray Carlton Cowley (1891 - 1990)
Jennie Priscilla Davis Cowley (1891 - 1975)
Mary Kathleen Lowrance Cowley (1922 - 2015)*
Lawrence Cowley (1945 - 1945)*
Maurine Cowley Breinholt (1912 - 1995)*
Vivian Diven Winchester Cowley Stevenson (1915 - 2003)*
Ray Garn Cowley (1919 - 1997)
William Vern Cowley (1921 - 1939)*
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Sep 14, 2006
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