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Eric McDowell, founding principal of McDowell Group, Inc., passed away Monday, Aug. 13, following a brief illness. Founded by McDowell in 1972, today the McDowell Group is one of Alaska's leading firms specializing in research and consulting. Under his leadership in the 1980s, the firm conducted groundbreaking visitor survey research, including the Alaska Visitors Statistics Program - a comprehensive survey of thousands of visitors to Alaska. The firm recently completed survey fielding for its sixth generation of the visitor industry report. He also designed the original Alaska Geographic Cost Differential Study that examined the cost of living throughout urban and rural Alaska. His original study continues to set the standard for cost of living research in Alaska.
Alaska mourns death of McDowell 082212 NEWS 2 Capital City Weekly Eric McDowell, founding principal of McDowell Group, Inc., passed away Monday, Aug. 13, following a brief illness. Founded by McDowell in 1972, today the McDowell Group is one of Alaska's leading firms specializing in research and consulting. Under his leadership in the 1980s, the firm conducted groundbreaking visitor survey research, including the Alaska Visitors Statistics Program - a comprehensive survey of thousands of visitors to Alaska. The firm recently completed survey fielding for its sixth generation of the visitor industry report. He also designed the original Alaska Geographic Cost Differential Study that examined the cost of living throughout urban and rural Alaska. His original study continues to set the standard for cost of living research in Alaska.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Alaska mourns death of McDowell

Eric McDowell, founding principal of McDowell Group, Inc., passed away Monday, Aug. 13, following a brief illness. Founded by McDowell in 1972, today the McDowell Group is one of Alaska's leading firms specializing in research and consulting. Under his leadership in the 1980s, the firm conducted groundbreaking visitor survey research, including the Alaska Visitors Statistics Program - a comprehensive survey of thousands of visitors to Alaska. The firm recently completed survey fielding for its sixth generation of the visitor industry report. He also designed the original Alaska Geographic Cost Differential Study that examined the cost of living throughout urban and rural Alaska. His original study continues to set the standard for cost of living research in Alaska.

In recent years, McDowell enjoyed partial retirement and continued to offer his exceptional talents on special projects of particular personal and professional interest. He was a gifted facilitator, and served the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the University of Alaska and a variety of Alaska Native corporations and organizations.

"Eric was a brilliant researcher, consultant and facilitator. More important, he cared deeply about the clients he served, especially the communities and organizations focused on improving the socioeconomic wellbeing of Alaskans. Eric's wisdom will be sorely missed by all of us at McDowell Group and the many clients he has served over the years," said McDowell Group Managing Principal Jim Calvin.


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