Kenneth Robert Dowd, 62, of Fulton, died unexpectedly at home on Monday.
He was born on Long Island, NY to Robert E. and Mary R. Dowd. Ken graduated as the valedictorian of his class from Carle Place High School.
He graduated as the salutatorian from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia where he received his Bachelors in Education; S.U.N.Y Buffalo, Masters in Mathematics, with honors; Syracuse University, Masters in Library Science, with honors; S.U.N.Y. Oswego, Masters in Guidance and Counseling, with honors; and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Onondaga Community College. Ken also received his Certificate of Advanced Studies from S.U.N.Y. Oswego.
He was an elementary school teacher with the Auburn Enlarged School District and the West Genesee Central School District. Ken retired as a guidance counselor from the Oswego City School District.
He was an accomplished pianist and vocalist and sang with the Syracuse University Oratorical Society and various church choirs. Ken volunteered for several years with the Fulton Public Library and was a newsletter editor for the Transpersonal Psychological Association.
He was predeceased by his father, Robert E. Dowd, who died December 9, 2008.
Surviving are his mother, Mary R. Dowd of Asheville, NC; brother, James S. Dowd of Asheville, NC; dear friends, Al Mosier of Fulton, Pat Freyberger of Syracuse and Jennie MacPherson of Syracuse.
Memorial services are 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY. The family will host a reception for Ken’s friends following the services at the Society’s social hall.
Contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to the Chautauqua Institute, P.O. 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.
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