Stowell, Chester

Written by David Green.

Dr. Chester C. Stowell, 100, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2011.

Dr. Stowell was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Fayette, the son of Harry and Etta Stowell.

He taught school for nearly 16 years, starting in a one-room schoolhouse and later at the junior high school in Fayette. He worked as a farmer at the same time.

In 1945 he moved to Indianapolis to attend Lincoln Chiropractic College. He dedicated 25 years to Lincoln as a professor, registrar and dean.

He was included in Who’s Who Among Men in the Midwest, named Indiana Chiropractor of the Year in 1976, the Lincoln College outstanding teacher in 1969, and was bestowed the honor of Kentucky Colonel.

Lincoln Chiropractic College merged with National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill., and Dr. Stowell served as Dean of Students until retiring in 1990 at the age of 80. At National he was awarded the president’s gold medallion award for 40 years of service to chiropractic. The students at National dedicated the “Mirror” yearbook to Dr. Stowell as “the friend of students.”

He was a member of Hope Church in Carmel, and later attended Wheaton Free Evangelical Church while living in Wheaton, Ill.

He is survived by sons, Larry (and Sandra) of Indianapolis, Ken (and Kathy) of Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughter Cheryl Stowell of Fishers, Ind.; niece Jean (and Gordon) Brown of Cumming Ga.; granddaughter Christy Stowell, and great-granddaughter Mikayla Stowell of Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Gleason Stowell; brothers Ferris, Dwight, Wesley and Avery; sisters, Irene, Naomi, Eunice and Dorthy.

No funeral service is planned at this time, but a small graveside service at Lincoln Memory Gardens and a memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wheaton Free Evangelical Church or National University of Health Sciences in Lombard.

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