Duane Orville McDowell
November 11, 1922 – January 15, 2013
Duane McDowell never met a stranger.Standing in line, he would soon learn thenames of those around him, where they lived, and where they worked. He stroveto make others feel at home whether atchurch, at Sons in Retirement, or at the SanFrancisco Public Relations Roundtable.One of the ﬁrst Press Secretaries on CapitolHill, Duane was a long-time community leader, political activist, and dedicatedchurch leader.Born in Fargo, North Dakota, he grew up inDepression and Dust Bowl era South Dakota. He remembered the dust storms rollingin, the banks closed by FDR and taking his savings, and his veterinarian father losinghis livelihood and home.He persevered, attending South Dakota State University and editing the studentpaper. After graduation in 1946 with a degree in journalism, he served as a reporterand columnist for the Rapid City Journal before moving to Washington, D.C.During World War II, Duane served as a drill instructor at Camp Walters, TX priorto being sent to Yale University to learn Chinese in preparation for an invasion thatnever came. Recalled during the Korean Conﬂict, he served as a combat engineer atthe 38th Parallel.In Washington, he worked for ten years as one of Capitol Hill’s ﬁrst Press Secretariesfor Senator Karl Mundt (R-SD). After marrying the former Marion Moore and the birth of his son John, he movedback to South Dakota where he worked for the Winner Advocate and then becameExecutive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party. After moving to San Carlos in 1963, Duane worked for the National Associationof Manufacturers, was a public relations consultant to several businesses, and wasExecutive Director of the San Mateo County Fair and Convention Bureau.For twenty-ﬁve years, Duane served as Public Relations Consultant for the U.S.-ArabChamber of Commerce (Paciﬁc) Inc., joining at its organization in 1974. There hepromoted trade between 13 western states and the Arab World. While working at the Chamber he joined the San Francisco Public RelationsRoundtable, serving as president and historian, and for many years delivering anannual Holiday humorous poem.He took leadership roles in community organizations. He was president of the SanCarlos Little League and the San Carlos High School athletic boosters and a leader with Boy Scout Troop and Post 153; the San Mateo County Council of the BSA awardedhim the Silver Beaver for his service. At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in San Carlos, he warmly welcomed visitors, servedon the church council, taught bible study, was active in Men’s Breakfast, and sang inthe choir among other duties.He volunteered in Republican politics, elected several times by San Mateo County voters to the county central committee. His living room was a favored spot forupcoming elected ofﬁcials, launching campaigns from school board to congress.In retirement, Duane was active in Sons in Retirement, Branch 90 where he sang inthe Carlmonteers and was elected Big Sir. He was a regular at San Carlos Chamber of Commerce events where he enjoyed promoting local businesses.In 2010, he moved to the Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino. Survived by his wife Marion McDowell and his son John McDowell, all who knew him miss his wit, hisstories, his poems, his gentlemanly manor, and his passion for community progress.The family will hold a private memorial; those wishing to honor his memory areencouraged to donate to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in San Carlos, CA.
. A vehicle caught on ﬁre on ElCerrito Avenue and North El Camino Realbefore 8:38 a.m. on Sunday,Jan. 27.
Two people were arrested forhitting others with a baseball bat on the 400block of Studio Circle before 11:35 p.m. onSaturday,Jan. 26.
. A car was broken into at a gymparking lot on on the 500 block of South ElCamino Real before 2:13 p.m. on Saturday,Jan. 26.
. A man was seen smoking marijuananear a creek at a park on East Third Avenueand Fremont Street before 12:24 p.m. onSaturday,Jan. 26.
. A commercial property was brokeninto and a cash register was stolen on the 100block of South El Camino Real before 10:52a.m. on Saturday,Jan. 26.
. A landlord and a tenant wereinvolved in an altercation on the 100 block of North Grant Street before 3:10 p.m. on Friday,Jan. 25.
A vehicle was broken into on the 1800block of Nash Drive before 8:19 a.m. onFriday,Jan. 25.
A man was arrested for having a$10,000 outstanding warrant on the firstblock of Spruce Street before 6:49 a.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
A man was arrested for being in pos-session of a controlled substance on the 300block of El Camino Real before 2:48 a.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
A vehicle was reportedlystolen from the 1300 block of El CaminoReal before 6 p.m. on Sunday,Jan. 20.
. A man was arrested for an outstand-ing warrant on the first block of SpruceAvenue before 6:59 a.m. on Saturday,Jan.19.
. A person was detained for beingunder the influence of a controlled substanceon the first block of El Camino Real onWednesday,Jan. 16.
. A man wasarrested for obstructingan ofﬁcer on the ﬁrst block of El Camino Realbefore 9:43 on Tuesday,Jan. 15.
Solicitors refused to leave a woman’sporch on the 800 block of ColumbiaDrive in San Mateo before 6:45 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Belmont officials are seeking public inputduring a special meeting tonight on how touse 35 acres of land in San Juan Canyonbefore making any decision.The land was purchased in 2009 and theCity Council held a study session in Octoberto talk with developers about possible usesfor the land. Since then,the city has met withthe community to answer questions and dis-cuss concerns. Tonight,the hope is to contin-ue gathering public input and possibly allowthe City Council to give staff direction,saidCommunity Development Director Carlos deMelo.In October,three developers gave presenta-tions to the council and land owners MichaelMelliar-Smith and Louise Moser made apitch to the city for it to acquire their 18-acrehorse ranch to be combined with the SanJuan Canyon lots. At the time,developersMingstan Development,Mayacama PartnersLLC and Paul Goswamy made presentationsto the city. Since then,MingstonDevelopment has pulled itself from possiblyworking on the project,said de Melo.Much of the property is on steep slopesand is considered undevelopable and theremainder of the open space will be connect-ed to Belmont’s trail system in the hills.About 22 acres are suitable to develop onBishop Road and Marsten and Ralstonavenues.The primary expectations of the developerare to develop only those portions of the sitethat are deemed suitable for residentialhomes and identify the best uses for the bal-ance of the open spaceThe city has previously proposed to sell off a portion of the property for homes and touse some of those proceeds to purchase adja-cent open space.Low-density,single-family homes are pro-posed for the land.The property has a total of 87 plots includ-ed in the purchase that the city bid on in anauction held by the U.S. Marshals Service in2009.The city paid $1.4 million on four groupsof property,which included taxes and fees.The purchase was made using an internalloan from the city’s fleet account. That obli-gation was recently at about $1.5 million,said de Melo.Selling some of the plots for homes willhelp pay for the original purchase of the land.The Belmont City Council meets 7 p.m.tonight,City Hall,1 Twin Pines Lane in theemergency operations center room on thesecond floor.
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Belmont to discuss use of San Juan Canyon property
Officials seek input on possible home development