In Memoriam: The Very Rev. Malcolm H. McDowell, '65

The Very Rev. Malcolm “Mac” Hume McDowell, Class of 1965, Priest of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania (previously of the Diocese of Connecticut), 73, died unexpectedly on October 9, 2013. McDowell was the loving husband for forty-eight years to Kathleen Otto McDowell. Born in New York City, he grew up on Staten Island and in Kent, CT. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1962 before attending General. For the next 28 years, McDowell worked as an Episcopal priest for the Diocese of Connecticut, serving Broadbrook, Glastonbury, Willimantic, and New Britain. While in Connecticut, he obtained his master's in counseling from St. Joseph's College. His compassionate and dedicated ministry continued in Harrisburg, PA, where he served as Dean of the Cathedral.

McDowell retired to Cape Cod in 2004, where he became an active member of Christ Church Episcopal in Harwich Port, MA. He practiced what he preached and was known for his social activism, beginning with the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Addressing issues of the early 1970s, he founded "The Net," the first host-home program of its kind, housing runaway youth in volunteer parish homes. His ministry and dedication responded to the emerging needs of an era and his words and deeds motivated both young and old to take action. In retirement, he was a member of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission, a board member of Youth Advocate Program (YAP), Harrisburg, PA, a member of the Harwich Youth Services Committee, a nursing home ombudsman for Elder Services of Cape Cod, and a volunteer with the Council on Aging.

McDowell was also a passionate baseball fan. In his youth, he followed his dreams to Ebbets Field for a try-out with the Dodgers and later spent 35 years on the diamond as a certified umpire. In his retirement to the Red Sox nation, he maintained his firm commitment to the Yankees. He dared to keep his Yankees wheel cover and despite the need for occasional replacement, he came to be respected.

McDowell is survived by his wife, Kathleen; brothers, Robert and Douglas of Connecticut; his children Malcolm and Ali McDowell, of New York, Andrew and Lauren McDowell of Vermont, and Martin Vyse and Meghan McDowell-Vyse of Connecticut; his six grandchildren; and good friends.

The memorial service was held at Christ Church, Episcopal, Harwich Port, MA, October 14, 2013. Notes of comfort and sympathy may be made to his family at