Dave Cowan, 81, died Dec. 20, 2017. He was born in Havre, Montana, on Oct. 18, 1936, to Charles L. and Miriam Kreider Cowan. He grew up in Chinook, Montana.
In 1952 he applied for and received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received a bachelor's degree in physics in 1956 and a master's degree in 1957.
He worked for North American Aviation in Los Angeles from 1958-1960. In the fall of 1960 he returned to Wisconsin.
He married Joanne Evans in Waukesha on Sept. 10 and returned to Madison on Sept. 12 to work on a Ph.D. in physics. He received his degree in the fall of 1964 and did a postdoctoral appointment at Cornell University in New York until June 1967.
In the fall of 1967 he went to Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until fall of 1968 when he was hired by University of Missouri, Columbia, to teach and do research, which he did until 2000, when he retired.
He always enjoyed hiking and camping, bird watching and mushroom hunting. He liked to play the piano and clarinet (which he was happy to remember he had played in the Rose Bowl Parade his freshman year at Wisconsin).
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; a son, Charles (Marissa); a grandson, Kai, of Riga, Latvia; a sister, Della; sisters-in-law Marlene, Marge, Patti, Judy and Sharon; brothers-in-law Don, Ed, Brian, Tom and Alan; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is not planned at this time.