The Norman Transcript


January 5, 2014

Linda Demetry Cowan



She was a gifted teacher and researcher winning the OU Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 1993 and was named a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in 1996. She served 27 years of dedicated teaching, research and service in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, retiring in January of 2011.

She published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and participated in more than 50 presentations at national scientific meetings. She was chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Oct. 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2010. During this time she was instrumental in hiring a number of talented young faculty and increasing dramatically the size of her department. She served as the major advisor for eight doctoral and five MS graduates as well as mentoring dozens of MPH students.

In service to her country, Linda served on 11 panels and committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. These panels provided critical advice and guidance to our country regarding medical issues including the safety and efficacy of vaccines for children and veterans.

She spent her retirement traveling and visiting with many friends all over the world. She was great lover of art and enjoyed visiting many museums throughout the world. Linda also loved food, both eating it at fine restaurants in New York, and she loved to cook. She had many, many friends. Linda was kind, loving, caring, thoughtful and very smart and will be greatly missed by so many.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary. She is survived by her husband, John of the home; her father, Jack and wife Pat of Montgomery, Ill.; her brother, Mike and wife Diane of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and their children Kara, John and Josh; by her sister-in-law and niece, Michelle and Anna Jo Cowan of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and by her mother-in-law, Anna Cowan of Rockville, Md.

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