Dr. Gregory Cowell

Gregory “Greg” Cowell M.D., 67, of Riverside, died unexpectedly on Aug. 17, 2021.

Dr. Cowell was born on Jan. 20, 1954 in Chicago to George Cowell and Vivian Joan Forsythe. He spent his childhood in Hyde Park after his parents moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago.

For the last 26 years, he resided in Riverside with his wife, Jeannine, and his two children, Cathryn and Matthew.

Dr. Cowell attended the University of Chicago Lab Schools in Hyde Park and was a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he earned degrees in philosophy and chemistry.

He pursued a medical degree at Rush University, and graduated in 1984. He completed an internal medicine residency in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Illinois Hospital, where he met his wife, Jeannine. For the last 29 years, Dr. Cowell practiced emergency medicine at various hospitals throughout Illinois.

 Dr. Cowell lived life to the fullest, constantly developing new interests, and was always on to the next adventure. He loved learning and had endless energy. His sense of adventure led him to flying planes, mountain climbing in Africa and Mexico, motorcycling throughout the United States and Mexico, and boating in Florida. 

He was an avid golfer, skier, exercise enthusiast and enjoyed riding his bike to work. He was a music lover, who sang in various choirs, and enjoyed playing the piano, guitar and flute.

 Dr. Cowell enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, whether it was arranging family reunions, attending concerts, playing chess or going on vacations. A family favorite was the Wisconsin Dells. 

He was very proud of his two children Cathryn and Matthew who picked up his love for music. He spent countless hours listening and teaching them to play the violin or piano, or playing music with them. Dr. Cowell was admired for his kindness to those in need. His melodic voice, infectious laughter, and sense of humor would light up any room he entered.

Dr. Cowell is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jeannine Glavas Cowell; his children, Cathryn Joan Cowell and Matthew Liam Cowell; his sister, Laura Cowell (Jim Losek); his brothers-in-law, Mike Glavas (Arlene) and Matt Glavas (Mary); his mother-in-law, Rita Glavas; and four step siblings, Peter (Carol) Forsythe, David Forsythe, Nancy Sullivan and Mary (David) Hall. He was also an uncle and grand uncle to 12 and a friend to all. He was preceded in death by his father, George Cowell, and mother, Vivian Joan Forsythe.

 Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St., Riverside. Friends and family may also gather at a prayer service on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the same location at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 126 Herrick Road, Riverside.

A celebration of Greg’s life will follow Mass at a reception at La Barra, 2 E. Burlington St., Riverside. Interment will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Orland Park at a date to be determined.