Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
The Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, founded in 1946 by Jeanetta Wilson Cowdery Black, F1946, in memory of her husband, Donald A. Cowdery, Class of 1939, who was killed in action in World War II, is awarded annually to that senior or junior whose academic achievements and personal qualities of leadership and high principle have been outstanding.
Sergeant Donald Albert Cowdery was born in Stratford, Connecticut, on October 8, 1917. He was a member of the class of 1939 and one of the most active students on the hill. He edited the Tufts Weekly until 1938. In his freshman year he was elected treasurer of his class, participated in track and basketball, and joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity, where he later became president. He took part in athletics throughout his Tufts years. In his senior year he received the Class of 1911 Prize Scholarship.
Cowdery attended law school at New York University and entered the military in 1942. In June 1943 while he was stationed in Laredo, Texas, with the Army Air Force, he married Jeannetta Gardner Wilson, also of Stratford. He went abroad that November as an Army Air Forces radio operator-gunner on a B-17. In 1944, he was killed in action during an attack on Nazi Germany. The Donald A. Cowdery prize was established in his memory by his wife.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H