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Robert Mc Dowall - 2002 Professionalism Award

Biography from 2002 Professionalism Award Dinner

Robert H. McDowall is the 2002 recipient of the Akron Bar Association Professionalism Award. Bob was born in Cleveland, attended Akron Public Schools and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1948. Anxious to serve his country, Bob enlisted in the Naval Reserve and spent six months as a reservist before entering the Navy and serving four years from 1948 to 1952. Bob spent his naval career on a submarine in the Pacific under the command of Lewis Patrick Gray III, an attorney, who later in life succeeded J. Edgar Hoover as head of the FBI. Bob credits the training and discipline he received during his Navy years as having a positive effect on shaping his life and career.

Upon returning to Akron in 1952 bob enrolled in Kent State University and took classes year round and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in three years. Upon graduation from Kent State in 1955, Bob went to work for Goodyear for the next 7-1/2 years while concurrently attending the Akron Law School, graduating in a class of eight in 1962. Upon graduation from law school Bob worked in the prosecutor’s office for the City of Cuyahoga Falls under the watchful eye of whom he fondly refers to as his mentor, the Honorable Sam H. Bell. Bob went into private practice with Judge Bell in the Falls for five years until Judge Bell left to serve on the bench. Bob has continued in private practice in the Falls to this day.

Bob has been an active member of the Akron Bar Association serving on and being chair of the Probate Law Committee, the Domestic Relations Committee and the Traffic Safety Committee. Bob has also been a member of the standing committees of Family Law and Criminal Law for the Ohio State Bar Association. He has been a long-time member and supporter of the Law School Alumni Association for which he served as Chair for two years and received the Outstanding Alumni Award. Bob was elected to the Woodridge School Board and served for six years. In addition to all of Bob’s other accomplishments he served a term as Trustee of the Akron Bar Association and has served both on the Board and as President of the Akron Bar Foundation.

Bob and his high school sweetheart, Julie, have been married 49 years and have two sons, David, employed by Goodrich Landing Gear in Redmond, Washington and Bob Jr., Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.