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 of products to protect from HIV.
He leaves his wife, Lurline M. Dowell, sons Mark and David, seven grandchildren and two brothers.
Private memorial services will be held in Texas at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 7818 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI 53719.