We have established a scholarship in Chris's name supporting agricultural education for women farmers in Africa.Contributions can be made through: Winrock International, Please contact: Sheri Kabaou at SKabaou@winrock.org or(501)280-3019 to donate.
  • 64 years old
  • Born on July 14, 1947 in Panama City, Florida, United States.
  • Passed away on November 19, 2011 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


This memorial website was created in the Loving memory of  Christopher  R. Dowswell, 64, born on July 14, 1947 and passed away on November 19, 2011.He loved people and life and will be well remembered,deeply missed and never forgotten Please help honor Chris's life with your rememberances,stories,pictures,video clips,audio clips etc...
The family has a established the Chris Dowswell Scholarship Fund through Winrock International. It's Mission is helping African women farmers by providing  scholarships for  local extension agent training of Women in there countries. This is something that was very important to Chris and we are doing very postive things with this fund. 88 scholars to date!
If you would like to DONATE please contact Sheri Kabaou at Winrock international. (501) 280-3019 or SKabaou@winrock.org Thank You  

Posted by Ruth Oniang'o on 14th July 2012
Posted by Steven Dowswell on 14th July 2012
Today our family remembers Chris with Love on his 65th birthday.He is missed,but today we celebrate his life with deep Love,Joy and respect. We want to Thank everyone who has expressed so much Love and positve thoughts for Chris since his passing. A toast to you and happy 65th !!
Posted by Ruth Oniang'o on 14th July 2012
Chris, we miss you always. People of SAA in Uganda, where I have been visiting remember you warmly. We shall support your brother Steve to establish the scholarship fund for African fellows. Continue to rest in peace until we meet again. Cheers Chris, Cheers
Posted by Don Doering on 13th July 2012
Thinking of Chris today. Tomorrow he would have celebrated his 65th birthday. No doubt he'd be the gracious and vigorous host of friends and family. I'll raise a toast to you my dear friend.
Posted by Bill Jackson on 28th February 2012
Chris and I became friends in Florence,Al back in the early 70's, he was working at the IFDC center. Great person to know.
Posted by Josh Courter on 28th January 2012
Chris was our guide, advisor, and connector to the agricultural development community. Without his help the documentary "Freedom From Famine: The Norman Borlaug Story" would never have happened. We are working on a tribute video to be shown at this year's (2012) World Food Prize and need everyone's help to find footage. If you have any video or photos please let me know. Thank you.
Posted by Bertha Fagan on 6th January 2012
"I will always remember Chris as the great friend, confidant and mentor he was to me. His never ending positive attitude and words of encouragement helped me through the most difficult times of my life. I will deeply miss his emails full of advise and wisdom. He was a unique friend who touched many people's life. I will never forget you my dearest friend. Rest in peace"
Posted by Christine Maxwell on 21st December 2011
When a great soul dies, after a period, peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of electric vibration. Our senses, restored but never to be the same, whisper to us, "He existed. We can be, be and be better, for he existed." -adapted from Maya Angelou-
Posted by Don Doering on 20th December 2011
A month without Chris and my life still seems a bit emptier. I re-read his last emails to me that spillover with his passion for farmers and their lives, humor, love for children, and genuine caring for the people in his life. He was such big-hearted man and leaves a legacy of empowered farmers and hunger-fighters. I'll raise a toast to Chris when next in the fields of Africa.
Posted by Matt McMahon on 19th December 2011
When Chris left us he took some of the fun of life with him. Fun is the one word that I would associate with him. It was fun to meet him, to have a discussion (and how many of those did we have!!!) with him, and to share stories. He was generous in both word and deed and I have always gone away feeling better from wherever we met over the years. Un abrazo, Chris - love you, Matt
Posted by Jesse Dubin on 14th December 2011
He was a good ol friend. Please see the tribute I wrote in sharing a story.
Posted by Jose Antonio Valencia Vil... on 7th December 2011
In recall vividly in 1997 when I was in Sudan, Chris went to visit us with an important mission from the management of Global 2000. His mission was to make a study and submit a report on the possible termination of the Sasakawa Africa Association program in that country, Sudan. At that time, Dr. I. Narvaez and myself were leading the work on wheat and sorghum mainly. His mission was made very clea
Posted by Jose Antonio Valencia Vil... on 6th December 2011
I new Chris since 1984 at CIANO Ciudad Obregon Sonora and since that time we work with Dr. N. E. Borlaug in Africa. He was great friend and colleague. We my children, my wife and I miss him. Also Nigerian farmers in Africa pray and miss a great friend of the poor small schale farmers.
Posted by Davd Dowswell on 28th November 2011
I wish to thank all of you on behalf of my family for all the kind words and comments about my brother. Chris loved people, especially those less fortunate. He will be greatly missed.

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