Clifton E. Dowell, Jr., 79, of Madison, Wis., retired associate professor of Microbiology, died Sept. 22 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Born in McKinney, Texas, He attended Texas Christian University and received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Texas.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1969, he taught at Caltech, Tulane and the University of California, Davis. His research spanned many areas, focusing on the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
After his retirement in 1994, he worked with Promega in Madison to produce viruses that could test for safety