In memory of
Kenneth Dowling Palm Desert - Kenneth Dowling of Palm Desert, California. Passed away May 13, 2019. Mr. Dowling, born September 17, 1922, was 96 years old. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 73 years, Alvina (nee Graff) and by: son Alan (Alison Ross); son Michael (Carol Lin); son Robert; granddaughter Chloe; sister-in-law Margaret Wall; dozens of nieces; and nephews and numerous family pets. He was pre-deceased by his parents and one brother. During World II, Mr. Dowling served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a Fighter Pilot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. And, later, was a Tactics and Instrument Instructor at the Penscacola Naval Air Station in Florida. Kenneth was a Graduate of the Harvard Business School, having also attended St. Mary's University (California) and Rutgers University (New Jersey). Mr. Dowling enjoyed a long career as an executive with the Ford Motor Company holding numerous positions across the United States. He was an adjunct professor of Business Administration at Wayne State University and established and managed Executive Programs at the University of Southern California School of Business Administration and at the University of California Graduate School of Management at Riverside. Throughout their marriage and careers in the military, automotive industry, and education, the Dowlings relocated more than 20 times. Mr. Dowling was actively involved in numerous charitable, civic and philanthropic organizations. He was also past president of Marrakesh Country Club in Palm Desert, California. Interment will be at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California. Mr. Dowling was sincerely grateful to his caregivers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to: The Desert Community Foundation - Marrakesh Scholarship Fund (email@example.com); the Semper-Fi Fund ( www.semperfifund.org ); or the Miramar National Cemetery Wreaths Across America Fund ( https://wreathsacrossamerica.org ).
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