Thomas de Windt Dowdell


Thomas (Tom) Dowdell, 92, died at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim, WA, of complications from cancer on Monday, August 29, 2022. Tom Dowdell lived in Sequim for the past four years, coming to the Olympic Peninsula in 2018 from Fargo, ND, soon after his long-time wife of 66 years, Phyllis, passed away in 2017.

Tom was born on July 22, 1930, in Milton, PA, to Philip and Florence Dowdell. In 1951 he graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA with a degree in engineering. Lehigh is where he met his future wife, Phyllis, and they were married at the time of his graduation. Tom shaped his engineering degree from Lehigh into various successful sales positions in the fields of cryogenics and manufacturing.

Tom and Phyllis lived in many places during their married life: Haddonfield, NJ; Aberdeen, MD; Oreland, PA; Louisville, KY; Short Hills, NJ; Palos Verdes, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, ND. In every location Tom and Phyllis were active in church life and neighborhood gatherings, always sharing the joys and needs of their friends and relatives. They fully embraced the mission of their various churches and volunteered often. In Fargo, Tom and Phyllis enjoyed the many activities available as residents of Touchmark, especially the choir. Tom was also active with Kiwanis, breaking records in pancake breakfast ticket sales, and sharing his piano playing.

Tom, “The Piano Man”, developed the skill of playing the piano as a teen in Milton and entertained multitudes, starting in his college days with Sigma Chi and the Glee Club, and then throughout his life. Tom had a keen ear and could easily play any song; “Can you hum a few notes?” He played piano for many groups at many parties, many weddings, many receptions, and many church services. Tom also was a tenor and sang beautifully in many choirs over the years, most recently with the Port Angeles Symphony Chorus.

Tom is survived by his sister, Florence Lins, Woodland Hills, CA and four children: Linda (Ron Thomson), Sequim, WA; Annuel Preston, Seattle, WA; Tom, Jr. (Christine), Fargo, ND; and Andrew (Andrea), San Pedro, CA. He also has six grandchildren: Ross and Elliot Preston, Colin and Paula Dowdell, David and Philip Dowdell.

It is suggested that memorial gifts be made to two fine organizations that Tom supported in his lifelong love of music and dogs: Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra,, 701-478-3676; WAG, Welfare for Animals Guild,, 360-460-6258.

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