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David Jowett

David Jowett Professor, Natural & Applied Sciences 5/23/99

DePere - Dr. David Jowett, age 83, died at home on April 15th 2018. David was born in Liverpool, England, on October 14th 1934 to Joseph and Hilda (Johnson) Jowett. His formative years were spent in Liverpool during World War II and would impact him for the rest of his life. After high school David continued his formal education at the University of Wales, where he earned a PhD in Botany and met his future wife, Patricia Owen. On June 26th 1957, he and Patricia were married in a double ceremony alongside his sister Valerie and her husband Bill. David spent his early career years in Uganda, East Africa putting his Botany degree to use as a plant breeder. Sandwiched between two three-year stints with the Colonial Service in Uganda, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation at Iowa State University. This eventually led him, in 1965, to immigrate with his family to the US, where he spent five years teaching and continuing his own education at Iowa State. In 1970 he joined the faculty at UWGB where he established a program in statistics and helped develop the computer center and graduate programs. He was named acting vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1984. However his greatest love was teaching and helping his students further their own academic endeavors. He was an energetic and dedicated teacher, who felt that one of the greatest pleasures we all enjoy is the dawning of consciousness. It is the 'a-ha reaction' when everything falls into place, and, as a teacher, that was something he could see and experience every day with his students. Upon retirement, Dave and Pat rediscovered their passion for travel and adventure. They spent several years enjoying visits to countries throughout Europe, as well as North America, Australia, and New Zealand. David was an avid runner and biking enthusiast, who enjoyed participating in many events including the Bellin Run, and Door County Century. He was a voracious reader of History and never ceased learning.

David is survived by his loving wife Patricia, his daughters Marion (Lee) Shambeau and Karen Jowett; his grandchildren Gareth (Jenna) Shambeau, Simon Shambeau, and Victoria (Nick) Johansen, and his great grandchildren Morgan and Sawyer. He is also survived by one brother, Edward Jowett, nephew, Robert Jowett and niece, Nicola Cane.

David is preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother in-law Valerie (Bill) Bell, and his sister in-laws Diana Jowett, and Sheila Owen.

Family and friends may call Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 347 Libal Street, DePere, with the Rev. Eric Mills officiating. Cotter Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, a Memorial Fund has been established.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018. Reprinted with permission from Laurie Bolle, Regional Director of Sales – Gannett Regional Sales Center, USA Today Network.)

Inside UW-Green Bay News

Former UW-Green Bay faculty member and acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1987) David Jowett, passed away on April 15, 2018 at his home. He joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1970, teaching in the College of Environmental Science. Jowett was a faculty member in both Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) and Business Administration.

He taught in the areas of ecosystem analysis, science, computing science and mathematics. His positions during his tenure at UW-Green Bay included acting director of graduate studies and assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. He held governance roles as chairman of the University Committee and Speaker of the Faculty Senate. In these leadership roles he was noted for being an outspoken advocate of the faculty on the issue of salaries. He retired in May of 1999.

Jowett received the 1984 UWGB Founder’s Association Award for Excellence in Institutional Development. He was recognized for overseeing the establishment and growth of the UWGB Computer Center as well as creating the initial curriculum for the Computer Science major. He also contributed to computer planning on the UW System level.

He was also a member of the Founders Association Board of Directors from 1978 to 1986. He and his wife were generous donors of numerous scholarships through the years. Services will be Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Anne’s in De Pere. Cotter Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Published in "Inside UW-Green Bay News" on April 18, 2018, by Sue Bodilly, University Communications.

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