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Memorial service for Conor McDowell to be held May 24, 2019

Conor is pictured here.

First Lieutenant Hugh Conor McDowell, a platoon commander in the United States Marine Corps, died on Thursday, May 9, after being injured in a rollover accident involving a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, California. 
Conor was the son of Susan Flanigan, a 26-year employee of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, and Michael McDowell. He attended Gallaudet's Child Development Center (CDC) from 18 months to 5 years old. From his experience at CDC, he developed a love of American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf community. Conor had even started to teach ASL to his fellow Marines to aid with communication.
Conor is survived by his parents and his intended fiancée, Kathleen Bourque. Before he left on this training mission, Conor had a jeweler work on designing an engagement ring with which he planned to formally propose to Kathleen when he returned. 
A memorial service for Conor will be held on Friday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 North Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland. ASL interpretation will be provided. Conor will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 
The family suggests that contributions in Conor's memory be made to the following:

12798 Scaggsville Road
Highland, MD 20777
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
Condolences may be sent to:
Flanigan/McDowell/Bourque Families
137 North Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Posted by Andrew Greenman | Posted May 22, 2019 at 10:57 AM


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002