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John Kevin Dowd was born April 22, 1931 in Yonkers, New York, to Sadie A. Dowd and Arthur P. John passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022 at the age of 91, predeceased by his wife Marcia and brother Peter Dowd. He is survived by his two sons, Brenton and Clinton; Narri Dowd (Clint’s wife); grandchildren Alexis Geibel and Mikaela Dowd (Clint’s daughters). Ryan and Kayleigh Dowd (Bret’s children); great grandchildren, Phoebi (Ryan’s daughter), Aubrey (Kayleigh’s daughter). John graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, served in the Merchant Marines, and earned a D1 college running scholarship. He graduated from RIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later attained a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg University.
John worked at Electric Boat (General Dynamics) as an Engineer on the first self-guided torpedoes. He then went onto AVCO and was a part of the Apollo program for NASA as one of the key engineers in developing the heat shield for the re-entry capsule. Most of his career was spent at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) as a professor where he retired as Head of the Engineering Department. During this time, he enjoyed coaching the ski and hockey teams.
In John’s younger days, he had a passion for racing rally cars such as Saab’s, VW’s, Triumph's, MG's and Sunbeam's. He then developed a passion for riding motorcycles. He would often ride his motorcycle with a group of likeminded friends who enjoyed going on adventures together. Other passions and adventures included kayaking, sailing excursions, and snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park. A real ski enthusiast, he became certified by the National Ski Patrol and worked on many of the NH ski mountains. John was an avid hiker, cyclist, and his adventures took him all over the globe. John also enjoyed nature and the outdoors and was up for any adventure that came along. He retired to Moultonborough where he could enjoy his hobbies and Lake Winnipesauke.
In Johns later years, the local meals on wheels program made it possible for him to live at home longer. Often, he would say how great it was to have a hot meal delivered each day. The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Moultonborough/Sandwich Senior Meal Program, P.O. Box 354, Moultonborough, NH 03254.