FRANK W. STOWELL JR.
February 15, 1929 – September 28, 2020
FRANK W. STOWELL JR., was born on February 15, 1929 to Frank and Ann Stowell in Oak, Park Illinois. The young family spent their early years in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan before moving to Texas. Frank attended San Jacinto High School and graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1947. In the fall of 1947 he matriculated at the newly founded University of St. Thomas as part of the inaugural class. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He did medic training at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. During that time he courted and married Vera Hope. After being stationed at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, the young couple moved back to their hometown of Houston and started their family.
Frank always showed an interest in medicine and helping others. After high school he was part of the construction crew for the Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Building in the newly formed Texas Medical Center. Wanting to continue using his medic training after his honorable discharge, his first job was with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Houston. Soon he learned about a job opportunity as a pharmaceutical salesman. He accepted an offer and spent the next 44 years in that industry., retiring from SmithKlineBeechum. His career could not have been a more perfect fit. He had a deep interest in science and medicine and he had one of the most engaging personalities ever. He participated in the growth of the Texas Medical Center and benefitted from its presence in Houston. The TMC was not only part of his business success, he received two “extended warranties” from Houston Methodist Hospital thanks to his longtime friend and cardiologist, Dr. Albert Raizner and world renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. George Noon. Frank’s life was extended by 34 years through advances in medicine taking place right here in Houston.
Frank and Vera were original and lifelong residents of the Post Oak Manor subdivision. He was very active in his community, children’s schools, church, profession, his alumni groups and managed and umpired in Willow Creek Little League. Frank was well-known and respected in his multiple communities, so much so that he was asked to be listed on the ballot for Texas State Representative. He accepted the invite but did not campaign as it would have compromised his pharmaceutical career.
Frank loved learning about his heritage. He was proud to be part Italian on his mother's side and English on his father's side. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and was able to visit the Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA where his ancestors help found and is currently he oldest church in America in continuous use. He also traveled to England to visit his ancestral home, Cothelstone Manor.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Vera, his daughter Denise (wife of Will) Reeves, daughter, Cindy Stowell, and his son, Frank W. Stowell, III. Frank and Vera were blessed with four grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah, Elizabeth and Michael and 9 great children.
A Celebration of his Life will happen in November.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 12th from 5 to 7, with a Rosary following at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St. Bellaire, TX 77401.
The Funeral will be held on Friday, November 13 at 2:00 PM at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056. Hopefully we will have a live stream for those out of town or for anyone who can’t make the funeral.
Interment will be at a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory. This is the cardiologist who helped his heart for 34 years:
Methodist Hospital Foundation,
Albert Raizner Research Fund 1707 Sunset Blvd Houston, TX 77005
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.earthmanbellaire.com for the STOWELL family.