Dr. Gladstone Churchill McDowell: Senior Colleague, Mentor, Measured Counselor, Father, Husband, and Friend. (Seen below at the podium)
Dr. McDowell had a solid academic background: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Dillard University; Doctor of Dental Surgery ( DDS) Meharry Medical College; internship Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery Queens General Hospital, NY, receiving the Diplomate of the National Board of Examiners, USA
Dr. McDowell had a distinguished professional career: He was a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps Reserves. Captain Jamaica Combined Cadet Force and their Dental Officer. He worked full time at the Maxillo-Facial Unit at KPH as well as part-time in several public dental clinics. Dr McDowell was elected Fellow, The International College of Dentists (FICD); Consultant to the Commission on International Relations of the American Dental Association. He was Dental Surgeon to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Jamaica in 1994. The success of his private practice is legendary. Dr McDowell has served in the Ministry of Health in many capacities. He was member of the Ministry’s Dental Board and Chairman of the Dental Council of Jamaica, 1985 to 1992.
His membership of the Jamaica Dental Association is extraordinary. He was a founder of our National Dental Convention, now in its 50th year. He served continuously on the Convention Committee for over 45 years, twice as Chairman. He was President of the JDA and a Trustee of the Association.
Dr McDowell’s service as a citizen is noteworthy: For twelve years he gave voluntary dental service and was a member of the Management Committee of Operation Friendship. For twenty-one years he was a volunteer dentist and Director of Merle Grove’s Dental clinic, which he helped to establish. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston, serving as Director of International relations.
“Dr. Mac” was a passionate radio operator, a “ham” as they are known. For fun, he operated his own station, 6Y5MC (six Yankee five Mike Charlie). He was a member of the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association for over thirty five years, being president for three of those years.
In well deserved recognition of a life of professional and personal distinction, Dr McDowell received National Honours from Jamaica: the Order of Distinction in the Class of Commander. He was also recognized for his exemplary contribution to the development of the profession in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the wider community by the Jamaica Dental Association in 2008.
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