H.R. No. 1064
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas lost a distinguished native son
  with the death of Charles T. McDowell of Arlington on July 8, 2007;
         WHEREAS, Born on November 23, 1921, to Jesse Calvin and Alva
  Lange McDowell, Charles Taylor McDowell was raised in San Saba; he
  graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943 and attended officer
  candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being
  commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army; a
  master parachutist, he fought in both the European and Pacific
  theaters during World War II and later served in the occupational
  forces in Japan; and
         WHEREAS, An information and education officer as well as a
  professor, director, and commandant of Tokyo Army College in the
  late 1940s, Dr. McDowell also taught Russian language, history,
  economics, geography, and political science in a classified joint
  military/civilian intelligence agency in the 1950s before serving
  as an instructor in Taiwan, Korea, and Hawaii; he continued his
  studies through various defense intelligence programs and earned a
  master's degree from Columbia University in 1953 and a doctorate
  from Texas A&M in 1956; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. McDowell further served his country as an
  intelligence officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and worked
  closely with the president of the United States to evaluate
  military threats; he was a custodian of the "nuclear football,"
  utilized by presidents to authorize the use of nuclear weapons when
  away from fixed command centers; moreover, he served as a
  diplomatic courier and USSR specialist, as well as a foreign
  service officer for the state department in the former Soviet
  Union, Europe, Asia, and North Africa; and
         WHEREAS, Eventually retiring from the military at the rank of
  colonel, Dr. McDowell earned numerous honors for his notable tenure
  in the armed forces, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Army
  Commendation Medal, both with oak leaf cluster, and the Combat
  Infantry Badge, along with medals recognizing service in World War
  II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; he was described by General
  William C. Westmoreland as an outstanding officer; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. McDowell had an equally illustrious career in
  civilian life, spending more than four decades, in total, at The
  University of Texas at Arlington; he first joined the school in
  1960, and after serving as senior area administrator for President
  Lyndon B. Johnson's Job Corps program, he returned in 1966 as
  assistant to the president of the university and then dean of
  student life; a teacher of Russian, he became the chair of the
  department of foreign languages and linguistics as well as the
  founder and director of the Center for Post-Soviet and East
  European Studies; and
         WHEREAS, The first chair of the faculty senate at UT
  Arlington, Dr. McDowell was reelected to that post six times; he
  was an advisor to the Alpha Chi honor society and led annual summer
  study abroad programs in Russia; he was recognized as an
  outstanding teacher with awards from UT Arlington and its
  chancellor's council, and he was inducted into the school's
  military science hall of honor; after his death, generous donors
  endowed a new center at the university in his memory, the Charles
  T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of his life, Dr. Charles McDowell
  met 10 U.S. presidents, traveled to Russia more than 50 times, and
  ignited the curiosity and interest of countless young people, and
  he will long be remembered for his notable contributions to the
  state and nation; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Charles Taylor
  McDowell and his exemplary record of service to the people of Texas
  and the United States.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1064 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on April 7, 2011.
  Chief Clerk of the House