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Deborah Ann ‘Debbie’ Dowd, 67, professor and coach at UNCW

Deborah Ann ‘Debbie’ Dowd

WILMINGTON — Deborah Ann “Debbie” Dowd, Ed.D. died Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Dr. Dowd was born May 16, 1953, in Passaic, New Jersey.

Debbie graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, New Jersey, where she excelled in basketball and softball. She received a B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from Glassboro State College, New Jersey, now Rowan University.

Debbie taught Health and Physical Education and coached girls’ softball at Morris Catholic and Bergen Catholic high schools in New Jersey for three years. While earning a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University, Debbie was a graduate teaching assistant and a graduate coaching assistant for the woman’s softball team. Debbie earned an Ed.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia, while commuting from Clemson University in South Carolina, where she was a full-time instructor.

At UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, Dr. Dowd taught Sports, Physical Activity and the Law; and Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance. Debbie’s teaching emphasis was in the area of exercise science. Debbie also coached UNCW women’s softball for five years.

Debbie’s services to her community included Canines for Service, Habitat for Humanity and Cape Fear Hospice Center.

Debbie leaves behind her father, Joseph Dowd, and his wife, Susan, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Karen Yates (nee Dowd), and her husband, Steve Banda, of Long Valley, New Jersey; and brothers, James of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Richard, and his wife, Catherine, of Oceanside, New York, and Colin, and his wife, Jessica, of San Diego, California. Debbie was a loving aunt to her nieces, Alise Yates, Ashley, Grace, Lauren and Amelia Dowd; and nephew, Brian Yates. Deb was loved by her dearest friend, Karen, and countless other wonderful friends.

Deb was an avid tennis player, and a doting mother to her two goldens, Cutter and Quinn; and cat, Kamby.

Though we are devastated by her loss, we can only be consoled that she is in the arms of her mother Ruth and those who have gone before her, and in the hands of Almighty God.

Life will never be the same without her.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Andrews Mortuary Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Monty’s Home or any of the above organizations Debbie was involved with.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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