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Caroline Dow

Caroline Dow

Died: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Age: 62
Caroline Dow, 62, college teacher, journalist and voice for social justice, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at home in St. Augustine, Fla.

Born in Detroit in 1942, Mrs. Dow graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 and earned her M.A. in journalism and her Ph.D. in mass media from Michigan State University.

As a journalist, Mrs. Dow was senior editor of the Michigan Daily, a reporter for The Detroit News, Detroit bureau chief of Life magazine and a correspondent for People magazine. She received the Howard Dubin award for service to the Society of Professional Journalists and helped draft the 1987 revision of the SPJ Code of Ethics for Journalists.

Mrs. Dow taught journalism and communications at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Indiana University, University of Evansville and Flagler College, where she was chair of communication from 1997 to 2003. She was named 1985 “Advisor of the Year” at Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Many of those she taught called themselves “Dowists” as they shared her philosophy that it is a communicator’s duty to provide clear and complete information to society and give voice to the voiceless.

She served on the executive committee of the Association for Education and Mass Journalism, appearing on the national program for 25 years. She headed the commission on the status of women, the magazine division and was on the founding board of the ethics division.

Mrs. Dow, a lifelong advocate for social justice, was an early worker in equal rights and voter literacy projects in the 1950s and 1960s and worked with refugees in Europe in 1959. She was named a “First Amendment Warrior” by two presidents of the Society of Professional Journalists.

She was a 40-year member of the Bay View Association, an intentional Christian Chautauqua community in Northern Michigan where she served as library treasurer and boat club commodore.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas C. Covert; brothers Bryden, Peter and Stuart Dow; a sister, Patricia Ashurkoff; six children, Mary Catherine Dykhouse, David J. Dykhouse Jr. and J. Douglas Dykhouse, Nancy L. Covert, James R. Covert and Barbara A. Emmer; nine grandchildren; and a host of young people she has mentored.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Johns County, Fla; Flager College, St. Augustine, Fla; Friends School in Detroit; or the Bay View Association (Michigan).
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