Major Contribution to Ravenna Schools
Doug Cowell, a lifelong resident of Ravenna, was born on October 31, 1943 and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1962. During his career at Ravenna, Doug was a member of the track, football and wrestling teams. As a defensive tackle, he became “famous” for scoring a 68 yard touchdown and still holds the school record for the Orange relay discus. After high school, he attended the Allied Technical Institute in Chicago pursuing a career as a draftsman. In 1965, Doug joined the Ravenna Police Department where he implemented children’s community intervention programs including: a detective bureau that worked closely with schools; the block-watch program for children’s safety; a drug task force; and a crime prevention program. Doug also deserves recognition for his contributions dealing with investigations pertaining to child abuse; involving senior citizens in the community; working with the Retired Senior Citizens Volunteer Program to build self-esteem and working very closely with the Portage Boys’ Club. Doug was also an active member of the F.O.P. #70 and the Retired Police Officers of Ohio. Formal honors received by Doug between 1956-1991 include: “Boy of the Year” for the Boys’ Club; “Officer of the Year” for the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Columbus Club and State F.O.P.; “Citizen of the Year” for Maplewood Joint Vocational School; and Grand Marshall for the 1990 Balloon-A-Fair. Doug’s death in 1992 left a true void. He was an asset to our community….a man whom everyone respected and admired. He will always be remembered as a man who loved children, cherished the elderly and served his community. He is truly missed.