Ronald Ray McDowell, M.D. was taken into the loving arms of Christ Jesus, his Savior on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Dr. McDowell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents were Charles Raymond McDowell and Rosemary June (Campbell) McDowell from Arcola and Chesterville, Illinois respectively.
He attended Indianapolis Public School #51 (James Russell Lowell) through the eighth grade. Dr. McDowell was selected to play trumpet in the Indianapolis Public School All-City Symphony. He participated in football, basketball, and track. He was crossing guard Captain.
He graduated from Danville High School in 1966 as Salutatorian. The family had relocated to Danville, Indiana in 1962 because of his father's employment for the New York/Penn Central Railroad. He was class Treasurer, Band Captain, and President of the Latin and Science clubs. He won multiple awards for solo trumpet, and band music competitions. He frequently helped in the worship services and MYF at Danville, United Methodist Church.
In June 1970 Doctor McDowell graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He was fortunate to play first trumpet in the Purdue University Marching Band for Professor Al Wright, and marched in the 1967 Rose Bowl Parade and Game. Dr. McDowell graduated from Indiana School of Medicine earning a Doctor of Medicine Degree in February 1974. He was a Life-Time Member of both the Purdue University and Indiana University Alumni Associations.
He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in early 1974 for a Family Practice Residency at Bayfront Medical Center. After becoming Board Certified in Family Practice he had a solo private Family Practice for eight years. Dr. McDowell relocated to The Hobe Sound and Jupiter Florida area. He helped open five Ambulatory Care Facilities for Martin Memorial Hospital. He then helped open the new Fast Track facility of the Emergency Department in Munroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Florida. He then similarly helped open the new Fast Track facility in Lakeland Regional Emergency Department, Lakeland, Florida.
After moving to Orlando in 1990, Dr. McDowell provided medical care in Ambulatory Care Facilities in Lake Buena Vista, Florida owned by Orlando Health and later Centra Care owned by Florida Hospital. At different times he was on the Medical Staff at both hospitals. For a brief time he was Medical Director for the Wellness Center at the Darden Corporate office and the Reedy Creek Fire Rescue Services.
In January 2001, Dr. McDowell and his wife, Lisa, opened Windermere Family Practice and enjoyed treating and becoming friends with thousands of great Orlando residents. In 2014 the medical practice was sold to Physicians Associates (Orlando Health). He retired in July 2014.
Dr. McDowell was fortunate to be raised in a strong Christian family by loving parents. He was raised a Methodist but after relocating to Orlando, he became a member of First Baptist Orlando where he was privileged to know a great number of the church members and staff, both as friends and patients, including Dr. David Uth and family. He loved playing golf, especially with Brother Jim Henry and his wife, Jeanette. He also enjoyed boating, and traveling to Key West.
Dr. McDowell is survived by his wife, Lisa Lloyd McDowell, and four children Matthew Ray (Land O'Lakes, FL), Melinda Anne (Steamboat Springs, CO), Ryan Christopher (Key Biscayne, FL), and Jennifer Leigh (North Bay Village, FL); Siblings, Richard (Jan) McDowell (Evansville, IN) and Renda (Roger) Riggs (Danville, IN). He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 31, 2022 from 1:00 until 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service in the Henry Chapel of First Baptist Church of Orlando. Interment will follow the 2:00 pm service at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.
The family requests that any donations should be made to First Baptist Church of Orlando.