eBooks by Keith McDowell

Many died. Others were maimed. Some ran away. Others bought their way out. But in the end, everyone paid a price for the great American Civil War. Never To Return is a fictional story about the Morgan and Stoner families of Rowan County, North Carolina, and their struggle to endure and survive the epic transformation of Southern society in the 1860s, especially in the community of Morgan Township – a community of yeoman farmers formed principally by German immigrants. Based on an accurate accounting of the known genealogical facts surrounding the people and families involved as well as an accurate retailing of the military battles in which the soldiers fought, the story strives to answer the compelling question of “what were my ancestors really like?” It is a story founded in the sometimes trivial and mundane passage of one’s daily existence as well as moments of great triumph and great despair. Ultimately, it is a story about people and the history of their time.

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The genealogy of the Stoner families of Rowan and Davidson Counties in the State of North Carolina from the period of the Revolutionary War to the end of the Nineteenth Century encompasses the traditional story of people and their lives including the death of children, death in childbirth, death in battle, insolvency, fornication and adultery, bastard children, litigation, assault and battery, and a host of other events and actions both positive and negative. That history for the descendants of Michael Stoner, Peter Stoner, and John Abraham Stoner is told in The Stoner Family of Rowan County using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several hundred such records as well as images and land plat maps are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in the Stoner family in North Carolina or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

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Together Forever is a genealogical study of the family of Adam Ivy Morgan and Eva Lucinda Stoner both of whom were born during the Civil War and died in the 1920s. The ancestral family trees of Adam and Eva are presented beginning with the period of the Revolutionary War up to their birth and include principally the Morgan and Stoner families of Rowan County, North Carolina. Their descendants up to the modern day are tracked. The book is more than a simple accounting of the family trees and includes extensive analysis of historical records as well as oral tradition. While a genealogical tract, Together Forever is also the story of a family formed and forged by the cataclysm of the American Civil War.

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Innovation! It’s the cure-all for an ailing America. So says conventional wisdom. And the engine of innovation is the American university – the wellspring of new knowledge to fill the technology and commercialization pipeline. But universities and their faculty are under attack as being poor stewards of what some perceive as a new mission. Who is right? What is the real story? Go Forth and Innovate! reveals a personal perspective on the inner workings of the modern research university and its role in the innovation ecosystem.

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About the Author

Keith McDowell is a scientist and research administrator widely known for his research in theoretical chemical physics on quantum dissipative systems and for his leadership as the vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at The University of Texas System as well as vice president for research at The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Alabama. Dr. McDowell is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Harvard University. An Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and awardee of the University of Texas Chancellor's Award for Teaching, Dr. McDowell is currently a retired professor of chemistry from The University of Texas at Arlington residing in Austin, Texas. Keith is an expert genealogist with several books and manuscripts to his credit ( and an avid mountaineer with over 500 ascents spanning forty years.

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A Blog by Keith McDowell

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Speeches and Reports

Career Highlights

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer, The University of Texas System
  • Vice President for Research, The University of Alabama
  • Vice President for Research and Information Technology, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dean of the Graduate School, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Associate Dean of the College of Science, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Chancellor's Teaching Award
  • Chair, The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Group Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
  • Faculty member, Clemson University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Stony Brook
  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Science, Wake Forest University
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • General Motors Scholar
  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search Honorable Mention


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