Peter Bryan McDowell

Posted: Monday, September 08, 2003

Juneau resident Peter Bryan McDowell, 64, died Sept. 3, 2003, in Juneau.

He was born in Juneau on May 18, 1939, the second of three children of former Juneau mayor and grocer Bert McDowell and his wife, Betty.

A graduate of Juneau High School, he held a degree from Willamette University and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Oregon. In 1964, he joined the international firm of Price Waterhouse for 15 years, becoming a partner and a management consultant in San Francisco, New York, London and Lagos, Nigeria.

He returned to Juneau in 1979 and worked for the McDowell Group, owned by his brother, Eric. In 1982, he was appointed Gov. Sheffield's director of the Office of Management and Budget. He was also a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

In 1985, he became a partner in the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand and managed their Juneau office. Later, he became an accounting professor and then a student career counselor at the University of Alaska Southeast. He operated his own management consulting firm, Strategic Development, before retiring in 1994 due to ill health.

In recent years, he battled a progressive, debilitating illness, which included Marfan's Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. He lived at Wildflower Court and continued to participate as a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and the Juneau Rotary Club. He was also involved with Juneau Jazz and Classics, the Salvation Army and other local organizations.

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Lange of St. Cloud, Fla.; brother, Eric McDowell of Juneau; nephews, Chris McDowell of Juneau, Greg Lange of Edmonds, Wash., and Marty Lange of Cuzco, Peru; niece, Kathy Flynn of Memphis, Tenn.; and 11 grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on Glacier Loop Road. A reception will follow at the church. Charitable contributions can be made in his name to Juneau's Salvation Army.

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