Cowling, Donald J. (Donald John), 1880-1965

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Donald John Cowling was born in Trevalga, Cornwall, England in 1880. His family immigrated to the United States when Cowling was two years old. He earned his B.A. in 1902 from Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania), a second B.A. in 1903, M.A. in 1904, D.B. in 1906 and Ph.D. in 1909, all from Yale University. Dr. Cowling was an assistant professor of philosophy and biblical literature at Baker University (Kansas) before accepting the position of president at Carleton College (Northfield, MN) in 1909. Dr. Cowling served as president for 36 years, retiring in 1945. Donald Cowling died on November 27, 1965.

In 1943, the Minnesota Legislature commissioned a memorial to the Doctors William J. and Charles H. Mayo. Dr. Cowling was appointed as chair of the committee for the Mayo Memorial to be established at the University of Minnesota. The Mayo Memorial Building was finished in 1954 and dedicated in October 1958, becoming the center of medical education and service at the University. A sampling of the schools and departments currently housed in the building include the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, cell biology, microbiology and neurosurgery. In addition to his work on the Mayo Memorial, Dr. Cowling was a life-long supporter of medical education, including fund raising for medical departments at the University of Minnesota, member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota Medical Foundation and founder of the Scholarship Fund of the Minnesota Medical Foundation.

From the guide to the Donald J. Cowling papers, 1940-1964, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc])

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creatorOf Waite, Edward F. (Edward Foote), 1860-1958. Edward F. Waite papers, 1764-1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn James C. Ingebretsen papers, 1941-1977 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stomberg, Andrew A. (Andrew Adin), 1871-1943. Papers, 1898-1939. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Pamphlets relating to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, 1872- Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation (Saint Paul, Minn.). Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation records, 1853-1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.). Correspondence with Edgar Fahs Smith, 1921. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Kellogg, Frank B. (Frank Billings), 1856-1937. Frank B. Kellogg papers, 1890-1942 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Pease, Arthur Stanley, 1881-1964. Correspondence and compositions, 1870-1963 Houghton Library
referencedIn University of Minnesota. Dept. of Surgery. Papers of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, 1927-1968. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Crane, Jasper, 1881-1969. Papers, 1893-1970, (bulk 1926-1969). Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Donald J. Cowling papers, 1940-1964 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Robert E. Matteson papers., [193-]-1989, 1991. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers, 1916-1966 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Matteson, Robert Eliot, 1914-1994. Robert E. Matteson papers, [193-]-1989, 1991. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Gumberg, Alexander, 1887-1939. Papers, 1904-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Breck School records., 1850-1986. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn North East Neighborhood House records., 1889-1961, 2002-2003. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Breck School. Breck School records, 1850-1986 (bulk 1918-1986). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. J. A. A. Burnquist papers, 1884-1961. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.). North East Neighborhood House records, 1889-1961, 2002-2003. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Rea, Charles E. Inside looking inside : memoirs, [ca. 1976] / by Charles E. Rea. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Department of Chemistry papers, 1880-1980 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
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referencedIn Papers of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, 1927-1968 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
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correspondedWith Blaisdell, Allen Carrier, b. 1897 person
associatedWith Breck School. corporateBody
associatedWith Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. person
associatedWith Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Crane, Jasper, 1881-1969. person
associatedWith East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Gumberg, Alexander, 1887-1939. person
correspondedWith Ingebretsen, James C., 1906- person
associatedWith Kellogg, Frank B. (Frank Billings), 1856-1937. person
associatedWith Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Matteson, Robert Eliot, 1914-1994. person
associatedWith Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation (Saint Paul, Minn.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Pease, Arthur Stanley, 1881- person
associatedWith Rea, Charles E. person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith Stomberg, Andrew A. (Andrew Adin), 1871-1943. person
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Chemistry corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Surgery. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Mayo Memorial Building corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Medical School corporateBody
associatedWith Waite, Edward F. (Edward Foote), 1860-1958. person
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