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|Bruce Donald McDowell|
|Service: September 16, 2017 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.|
Location: Faith United Methodist Church, Rockville, MD
Bruce passed away at home in Asbury Methodist Village on Saturday, September 2, 2017 after battling with Acute Leukemia for a number of months. He was a lifelong resident of Montgomery County; born in Washington, D.C. Sibley Hospital and raised in Silver Spring, MD. The only time he lived outside of the area was while pursuing his master's degree in City Planning at Georgia Tech. He graduated from Blair High School in Silver Spring, and began his college education at Montgomery College. He received his BA and PhD in Public Administration from American University. His first position was the Maryland National Capital Planning Commission where he played a major role in developing the "Wedges and Corridors Plan", the comprehensive regional plan for the Maryland suburban portion of the National Capital Region. While at the Council of Governments, Bruce completed his PhD from American University, and prepared the "Fair Share" housing formula for the Washington metropolitan area. He was Director of Program Coordination at the Washington Metropolitan Council of Government (COG) Twenty-fouur years of his career were spent with the US Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, pioneering the concept of consultation among the federal, state and local levels of government. After retiring from the Federal government position at the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. He worked the next 13 years as a consultant for the National Academy of Public administration performing studies on diverse topics such as Wildfire management, Base-closure policy, Medical research organizational structure and the Chesapeake Bay restoration. In retirement, Bruce contributed to an online curriculum to be offered to practicing civil engineers seeking certification as sustainable infrastructure engineers and writing his memoir. In 2011 he and his wife moved to a Asbury Methodist Village Courtyard home. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia, his son Kenneth and his daughter Katherine Turner. A memorial service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Rockville, MD on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. with refreshments to follow. Interment in the Mary Carter Memorial Garden after the refreshments. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund at Asbury Methodist Village: http://www.theasburyfoundation.org/benevolent-care/.
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