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John Thomas Dow
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    1101 Western Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15233

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Sailing on Lake Carlos 1961
1 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Styve

Summer 1974 over Alexandria
2 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Styve

Holding one of Grandma's sheep 1954
3 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Styve

High School graduation 1964
4 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Styve

“I am so saddened to hear of John's passing it's far too early. My most enduring and endearing memories are of Uncle John flying into the tiny field...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Deb Espesete (Larson) - Portland, OR

“John and I were cousins. I was third to the littlest so he was a big cousin to me, but without knowing him well I always liked him and admired him,...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Anna Rose Benson - Weybridge, VT

“I am going to miss our philosophical talks, discussions on politics, dogs, and just generally how things work. He was my go-to-resource for just...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Styve - Sister

“My condolences to John's family. Our paths crossed in the 1970's when he gave me a job in his department at Western Psych. He taught me about...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Deb Canter - Wellington, OH

“My condolences to the Family. May God strengthen the Family during this difficult time. Isa. 41:1O,13. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Judy B. - NJ

“My deepest condolences during this difficult time. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Carmen Finnessy

“I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Laura Hays - Columbus, OH

“Ernst, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Zuniga - Westfield, IN

“(con't 2/2) For your family, you had limitless understanding, acceptance, generosity, and love. I could feel it radiating from you at that table...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Nic DeGrave - Menasha, WI

“Blessings and safe passage, John. Nic here. You may remember me as the one you followed into the bathroom to continue an intellectual debate. I...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Nic DeGrave - Menasha, WI

“Dear Donna: I'm so sorry for your loss. Your classmates will hold you in our prayers. Anita LaPorta Altman ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“So very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a brilliant man. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Theresa Cygrymus and Family

“May the family find comfort and peace from God's word during this time because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6,7 ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: C T

“Very sad to hear of John's passing. I credit him with giving me a chance at a professional career and helping me to begin my path in the IT field...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Clemence - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ernst, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Schramm - Indianapolis, IN

“Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Burrill & Mary Dreifke - MILTON, WI


Age 71, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Saint Paul, MN, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 14. Beloved husband of 40 years of Donna (Borland) Dow; father of Ernst R. (Linda) Dow, and Kristine "Kris" Dow; grandfather to Erika and Luke; brother of Joan Styve, Susan Zietlow, William Dow, and Elizabeth "Liz" Kekahbah; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was formerly Director of Information Systems at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and more recently Software Consultant at John T. Dow Software. John earned an undergraduate degree and Master's degree from Yale University. He was a wonderful father and husband. He loved all animals, especially dogs. John was affectionately known as "Foxy's Dad". He was an instrument-rated pilot and gifted photographer. John loved to share his knowledge and nurture curiosity in others.