Robert E. Stowell (1914-2011) served as Scientific Director of the Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology (1959-1967) and founding Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of California, Davis
School of Medicine. His Papers contain biographical materials, his writings and correspondence, as well as his slide collection
which documents his travels around the world. Also included are files related to organizations that he was affiliated with
including: Universities Associated for Research and Education in Pathology (UAREP), Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP)
and American Registry of Pathology (ARP).
Robert Eugene Stowell was born on December 25, 1914 in Cashmere, Washington. He received a B.A. from
Stanford University in 1936, an M.D. from Stanford Medical School in 1941, and a PhD in Pathology from
Washington University in 1944. After medical school, Stowell worked as a research assistant at the Barnard
Free Skin and Cancer Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and then as Assistant Professor of Pathology at
Washington University. He spent 1946-1947 as an Advanced Medical Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund at the
Institute for Cell Research in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1948, he was appointed Chairman of the Department of
Oncology at the University of Kansas and in 1951 he was made Chairman of the Department of Pathology and
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