Title: Retired Anthropologist and Archaeologist
Company: Southwestern College
Location: La Mesa, California, United States
Charlotte Acord McGowan, Retired Anthropologist and Archaeologist of Southwestern College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Science Education.
Ms. McGowan always wanted to be a teacher, but it was a course at San Diego State University that solidified her dream into the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology. Now retired, she taught anthropology with Southwestern College from 1971 to 1999, and continues to be the director and liaison of the National American Interface as well as a consultant with the Campo Band of Mission Indians, as well as a number of Native American groups. Ms. McGowan is a frequent contributor to professional journals, and is notable for having twice been named a Fulbright Scholar, once to Peru in 1982 and a second time to Taiwan in 1996. She is a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for Who’s Who of American Women as well as the pages of Who’s Who in America.
Born in Ridgefarm, Illinois to Ira Patrick and Edythe Mae Minerva Acord, Ms. McGowan married James Patrick McGowan when she was 19, and had two children, James Patrick McGowan III and Lauren Louise. She was able to return to academia at the San Diego State University, where she earned a BA with honors in 1967. Ms. McGowan became a graduate teaching assistant with the Physical Anthropology Laboratory at San Diego State University, ultimately becoming a professor of anthropology and director of the laboratory along with earning a MA with honors in 1969. She taught for some years with the San Diego Evening College, and joined Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, in 1971. Ms. McGowan taught with the Patrick Henry Adult School, the North Shores Adult School, and the San Diego Adult School through the ‘70s. She retired in 1999.
In addition to her official teaching capacity, Ms. McGowan was invited to lecture with the Universidad De Las Américas in Puebla, Mexico, and participated with environmental impact studies for the city of San Diego from 1975 to 2000. She is a member of the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the Southwestern Missions Research Center, the Southwestern Anthropological Association, and the Archaeological Institute of America. Ms. McGowan is particularly grateful to one of her early professors, Dr. Spencer Rogers.
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