September 15, 1925 ~ August 18, 2020

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Richard S. Cowan, DDS, passed away peacefully at his home on the evening of August 18, 2020; he was 94. Dick was a loving husband to his wife of 70 years, Lois Hildreth Cowan, a wonderful father to their children Dennis Cowan, Melissa Rochte (Tim), Kathleen Kendall (Ken), Rich Cowan (Michele), and an awesome grandpa to their grandchildren Owen, Evan and Monica Rochte, Christine Kendall, Cameron and Justin Cowan.

After graduating from LA High, he completed pilot training in the Army Air Corps and then went on to the University of Southern California to receive his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In 1956 he graduated from the USC School of Dentistry and began his practice that would last for 50 years. His loyal patients, who received their dental care at his office in Redondo Beach, appreciated his compassion as well as his skill.

Making his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Dick was a charter member of the Los Verdes Golf Course, where he often teed off at dawn on Wednesday mornings. He was an active member of the South Bay Athletic Club and a decade’s long supporter of USC Trojan football. As an avid bird watcher, he enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center.

Due to the current health situation, there will be a private family Mass of Celebration at St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the USC School of Dentistry.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. We were in Oxnard this weekend with Jim and June Antonioli and we heard some amazing stories starting when they were about 8 years old. Our prayers go out to all of the Cowan Family

  2. I am so sadden to learn of Dr. Cowan’s passing. He and Lois would attend our Senior Fitness class at St. John Fisher. They were the sweetest couple. I loved seeing them drive up in their convertible VW Beetle. He would hold the door open for her and somehow they always matched their outfits. A few years ago I asked how long they’d been married. He said, “68 years!”. She squeezed my hand and said, “we’ve been very lucky.” They are my relationship goal! I will miss seeing them together.

  3. Although I know Dr Cowan had such a wonderful, long and happy life (he told all of his patients how wonderful his life and family was at every visit!) I am still so sad to hear of his passing. While I only knew Dr Cowan on a “professional level” as a patient (for 20+ years) he made me feel like much more than a patient. He truly made me feel like a friend or member of his own extended family and I know I am not the only patient who felt this way about Dr Cowan. He was also the BEST dentist around and I am not kidding when I say that to this day I have STILL not found a dentist even as close to as good as Dr Cowan since he retired – I have tried without any luck. Because of Dr Cowan I have not ever had a fear of the dentist or dentists office. No matter how unfun the dental procedure I was in for I always went in with and left with a smile. I always loved hearing his stories about his ski trips and other travels and as I got older, I loved seeing Dr Cowan and Lois at Terranea (where I worked) on several occasions, those unexpected encounters and genuine hugs always made me smile!! He brought so much joy (and good teeth!!) to so many, he is a bright light that will truly be missed in this world. He made our world a better place just by being in it. Rest in peace Dr Cowan, sending your family love.
    Leslie McCammon

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