John Prine

Clifton M. Dowling Jr., a man of his times [Editorial]

Clifton M. Dowling Jr., a man of his times [Editorial]

Bel Air resident Clifton M. “Clif” Dowling Jr., who died May 1 at age 72, lived his life straight out of the Baby Boom era into which he was born.

An Eagle Scout and Bel Air High School graduate, Mr. Dowling went off to Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college in Iowa, on a scholarship to study international relations, then did a hitch in the Army at the height of the Vietnam War, before ending up at the University of California at Berkley, from which he graduated with a degree in conservation and natural resources.

Back home in Bel Air, he immersed himself in his home community, running as a independent for county executive in the county’s first home rule charter...