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George Brendan Dowell (December 15, 1909 - January 12, 1997) was a theatrical writer and actor who once played a small part in a film with Mickey Rooney. Marion Morgan died in 1971. Marion's friend George Brendan Dowell would write to Dorothy Arzner: "You understood her, you loved her so dearly. What a monument to your own love was that princely house, Armor is marked in the cornerstone and you shared so much of its beauty with others."
George Brendan Dowell was born in New York City on December 15, 1909. He spent his life working in the theatre and academic institutions.
During the 1930s, Marion Morgan frequently traveled to the East Coast and Europe and in 1934, she graduated from the Yale School of Drama. George Brendan Dowell, a classmate of Marion's, would recall Dorothy's visits, particularly one night when they all went to see Billy Rose's "Jumbo" at the Hyppodrome in New York. "You were in a lovely relaxed mood and Marion was so anxious that you see and do everything! I can hear you saying now, "Dearie."" In the mid 1930s, Morgan teamed with George Brendan Dowell and wrote several short stories. Mae West co-scripted both ''Goin' to Town'' (1935) and ''Klondike Annie'' (1936) with the duo.
In 1933 Dowell received a certificate in playwriting from Yale University. In 1939 the Federal Theatre Project produced The God Innis, a play Dowell wrote. Dowell met Hallie Flanagan while working with the Federal Theatre Project and continued to work with her throughout his career.
He served with the Army in World War II from 1941 to 1943. In 1946 he graduated from New York University and received a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1949. He worked at Smith College from 1949 to 1955, first as a Visiting Lecturer of Theatre and then as an Assistant Professor of Theatre from 1950 to 1955.
Dowell and Flanagan worked together on the play "Heritage" in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Smith College in 1950. After teaching at Smith he went on to work at Skidmore College (1954-1956), Vassar College (1957-1961), and Goucher College (1962-1975). His work at Vassar College revolved around their Centennial Celebration in 1961. At Goucher College he was instrumental in developing the drama program and held the position of Associate Professor of Speech and Drama.
He died in Towson, Maryland, in January of 1997.
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