His greatest treasure was his adoring family. Charles loved sharing family stories and photos with his friends and colleagues and could always find humor in the chaos of raising three boys. Getting updates about the boys were many of our fondest daily moments. His love for Jennifer was palpable and he was quick to share what an amazing wife and mother she is.
Charles was a physician, practicing Anesthesiology at MD Anderson in Houston, Tx. His love for medicine began as a young man, when he worked as an EMT and firefighter. With those experiences, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and attended medical school at UT Health Science Center Houston. His background in emergency management was used on a daily basis as an Anesthesiologist. Outside his career in medicine, he continued to remain active in the community fire department and serving as a medical director for the Pasadena, TX Police Department. He was also very involved in his specialty at the state and national levels, serving with colleagues across Texas as a member of the executive board of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. Known around the community as a problem-solver, Cowles was able to make the most difficult challenges simple by breaking them down methodically, and because of that was seen as a mentor and pillar of support for many.
Charles was also actively involved in his church, First Baptist Church of Pasadena. His love for Christ has been passed down to his children, and we pray this will give them strength during this time. Their church family has been pivotal in helping care for his family.
Charles had such a large presence and touched so many of those around him. Because of this, Charles had many friends in all walks of life. A term “FOC”, Friends of Cowles, was even coined to describe this large group of people. We would all describe him as a grand storyteller. He was a jokester and his laugh was catching. The memory of his ability to find humor in everything, will keep a smile on our faces when we think of Charles.
Many of the FOC have asked how they can help out. Charles would want his family to be well taken care of. Jennifer, was injured in the car accident and suffered a severe leg injury. She has since had one surgery and will need another surgery in the near future. We felt it was best to contribute to a fund that will help out with making day to day life easier for his family during this difficult time. Charles will be dearly missed by all.
- Alisa Shelby
- Clemente Sanchez
- Kevin ONeil
- Alfredo Garcia
- Frank Block, Jr.
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