Deborah Dowdell, president of New Jersey Restaurant Association, dies at 46

Deborah Dowdell, the president of the New Jersey Restaurant Association, died March 2 at the age of 46. The 22-year association executive had been battling cancer.

A tireless supporter of New Jersey’s foodservice and hospitality industry, Dowdell’s motto was “Dine out often — you deserve it.”

She joined the staff of the NJRA in 1990 as director of membership, and was promoted to executive vice president and then president in 2003.

During her

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