Published 5:55 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Mr. Rene Fowler, 68, died Sept. 8, 2005 in a local hospital after an extended illness. He was a resident of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and New Orleans, La. He was a native of Fort Meyers, Fla., and grew up in Alexandria, La. He received a master's degree after completing graduate work at the University of Mississippi and the University of Houston. After 20 years of employment with Fortune 500 companies. Rene retired from Louisiana Land and Exploration and began a second career by founding Selecting Computer Systems, Inc., a consulting firm and published a business newsletter named "Systems Insight" Rene continued teaching as a professor at Tulane University of New Orleans for 17 years until his illness made it impossible for him to continue. He also served on Tulane's Public Advisory Board.
He received the Key to Baton Rouge and the Outstanding Service Award of New Orleans for his work in educating children. He won the Industry Award for managing the number one ranked computer department in the USA. He was a published author, a national speaker and a member of several writing groups. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome "Rene" Fowler and Jewel Vidrine Fowler; a sister, Mary Jane Nelson and a son, David Jerome Fowler.
He is survived by his wife, Anita McDowell Fowler; his children, Cheryl Malkemus and Shay Davis, both of Covington, La.; John William Teal of Port Mansfield, Texas, and Tamie Teal of Nashville, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Timothy, Jake, Molly and Hunter.
A date will be announced to celebrate his life. Donations may be made in his memory to The Brewton Public Library or Habitat for Humanity.