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Dr. Richard McDowell


Dr. Richard McDowell, 84, of Nebo, NC passed away on October 20, 2022.  He was born on November 6, 1937 in Lake Elsinore, CA to the late Charles and Loretta McDowell. 


Richard served in the US Navy before graduating medical school.  Dr. McDowell practiced as an OB/GYN for 40 years in Massachusetts as he found delivering babies to be very rewarding and suited his patient and calm nature.  Richard retired to Asheville, NC in 2005 and continued working two jobs at Michaels and Ingles, where he worked full time until his passing.  In time off work Richard was an avid lover of the outdoors and especially fond of America's national parks where he spent decades skiing, climbing, mountaineering, and photographing.  


Dr. McDowell is survived by his three children, Lindsay McDowell, Allison McDowell, and Ryan McDowell in addition to his grandson Ace Hodge.


Military honors will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Beam Funeral Services.

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RIP Dr. McDowell.

You were one of most caring, empathic, intelligent , Doctors, I had the honor of being one of your patients, in Massachusetts.
All who knew you as "Our Doctor", (there was a group of us) respected and admired your medical care and forward thinking. So kind, so caring, always had the right medical fix. All who knew you as "our Doctor", was so sad to see you retire and leave Massachusetts. You have been missed all these years.

To his family: Please know, Dr. McDowell was a special doctor and wonderful human being. You were blessed to be his family.

In Kind regards,

Deborah Nov 3 2022 1:01 PM

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Alice Smith Nov 2 2022 1:45 PM

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Patty McCoy-Coleman Nov 1 2022 8:30 PM

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Kristy lanning Nov 1 2022 6:03 PM

I worked for Doc from 1991 until 1999 when I transferred to work for the Hospital, Boston Regional Medical Center in another division. Less than a year later, the entire system "blew' up and the doctors all ended up in different places. Eventually Doc retired and went South. He gave me a job at a time when it was hard to find one. I was very beat up from academics in Boston and I will always be grateful for his generosity. I learned how to do a hysterectomy properly from Doc. He and I both loved infertility. He had one of the last private infertility labs in the US, and was still doing it when I left for the other Division. In fact, he was very good at helping couples with their quest to have children. Doc delivered my daughter Alison. I think that he was possibly the kindest most empathetic person I have ever met. He was also a feminist. He loved to be around women and identified with their struggles. Like a lot of male gynecologists, he didn't seem to have a lot of time or patience for men. He tried to understand his patient's problems, and supported their goals. He and I shared the problem of workaholism to the detriment of our personal lives. Doc adored his children and was always attempting to spend time with them. It was a balance for him. He felt sorry for everyone else in the practice, and volunteered to work all the holidays. He also took call for someone outside of our group because he felt sorry for her. I yelled at him a lot about taking holidays off like everyone else. I worried about him because he stayed up for days at a time, selflessly giving his time and energy to anyone who asked for it. He was truly selfless. The obituary didn't mention that Doc grew up near Disneyland, and worked there as a teenager. I always imagined him bouncing around the park, helping people. In terms of personality Doc was always up and always laughing. He was able to help people feel calm, including women in labor, and women in pain. He was a very special person. My deep condolences to Doc's children. He loved and missed you very much while he was working in Eastern Massachusetts. He was an exceptional and brilliant man. I'm sure you're heartbroken.

Charlotte Richards, MD Oct 31 2022 10:03 PM

Richard will be missed by so many in our community, my husband Todd, and his Ingle\'s family. I know for me, I will miss his sweet smile. So honored to have known him, and grateful for his friendship. I know his daughters love and miss him dearly, and my husband and I hope that we did all we could to help them during this time. Richard lived an adventurous life and had many accomplishments, and his legacy will live on through the lives of his daughters and grandson.

Connie Campbell Oct 31 2022 10:52 AM

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