The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Phyllis A. Dow

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Phyllis A. Dow, a former assistant United States attorney and practicing attorney in New Mexico, passed away in her sleep Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin F. and Iryl C. Adkins, from Norman, where she was born in 1951 and graduated from Norman High School.

She is survived by her loving sons, Christopher R. Dow, a student at New Mexico State University, and Clinton E. Dow, a first-year law student and member of the New Mexico National Guard Medical Evacuation Unit, “C” Company, 1-171 AVN Brigade, and her former husband, Mark C. Dow. Phyllis is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Funk, with nephews Christopher and Benjamin Funk, and her brother, Lain Adkins, with nephews Craig and Mark Adkins.

Phyllis attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with her B.S. in mathematics. She received distinction by her induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her academic achievement in the hard sciences. Phyllis simply enjoyed competing with “the guys.”

Phyllis was a music lover and played the clarinet in the OU marching band. Because of her love of music, Phyllis was an avid attendee of the New Mexico Symphony and the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus. Phyllis requested soloist Marilyn Bernard to sing at her memorial service. Ms. Bernard is currently the director for the New Mexico Youth Symphony Chorus.

Phyllis and Mark Dow met at New Mexico State University, where they married, and soon traveled to Pepperdine University Law School to attend, where Phyllis again excelled, graduating as its valedictorian in her class of 1979. Phyllis and Mark moved back to Albuquerque where she started her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Juan G. Burciaga, United States District Judge. After her federal clerkship, she served as an assistant attorney general for the state of New Mexico followed by her selection as an assistant United States attorney, serving her country for 18 years until her retirement in March 2012. Phyllis was a active member of the New Mexico Bar Association, serving on many of its committees during her more than 30 years of legal service.

Phyllis and her family invite her friends and colleagues to celebrate her life at FRENCH — Lomas at 10 a.m. Friday.

Phyllis took great pleasure in supporting the New Mexico Army National Guard, with her husband, son and cousins actively servicing their country. Clinton Dow and Taylor Ford are Blackhawk crew chiefs and maintainers, and Meg Ford is a combat medic in the Army National Guard Medical Evacuation Unit. She and her former husband, Mark Dow, retired after 32 years of the service in the New Mexico Army National Guard.

Because of her many years of service supporting our country’s service members, Phyllis requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Please visit our online guestbook for Phyllis at

Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013