Supporter of University of Hawaii Swimming and Punahou Aquatics.
Diane McLean Stowell
- Diane Gwen McLean Stowell died on June 8, 2017 in Honolulu.
She was born on April 27, 1934 in San Francisco, California to
Robert Jadwin McLean and Muriel Elliot McLean of Honolulu.
Her mother was in San Francisco on a family emergency when she
gave birth. Diane came to Honolulu when she was three months
Diane and her brother James "Bruno" McLean grew up
in Manoa. Diane graduated from Punahou School in 1952,
received her B.A. degree from UCLA in 1956, her Masters from
the University of Redlands in 1966, and her Doctorate in Psychology
in 1978 from California State University at Fullerton.
At Punahou she was a member of the swim team from 1949-1952.
She did not compete in college as swimming was not yet a women's
collegiate sport. During college she became a professional
She married Richard D. Stowell in 1965 and separated from him
in 1980. She had two children, Denise Beaumont and Dean
Diane was a counselor at Claremont High School, later becoming
assistant principal for pupil personnel services, Dean of Girls
and summer school principal.
In 1977 Diane took up tennis and participated in the Claremont
A League, winning the doubles title in 1977 and finishing second
in the singles in the same year. In 1988 she started running
and competed nearly every weekend in a 10K, 15K or half marathon,
usually winning her age group.
She moved back to Hawaii in 1980 and began teaching chemistry
and psychology at Punahou School one semester, and continued
as a counselor at Claremont the other semester, until her retirement.
Diane continued to enter running events upon her return to Hawaii.
In the early 1980s her friends talked her into entering biathlons.
She won her age division in just about every race she entered
including the Dash and Splash, Tinman, Windward, Strongman and
Ala Moana Biathlons, and that inspired her to enter more biathlons.
In 1981 she began entering Masters swimming events locally and
on the national level and had the fastest time in her age bracket
in the U.S. 67 times over a period of 30 years spanning 1981
to 2011. She was nationally ranked in the Top Ten Swimmers
in the U.S. 432 times in various events.
She set nine U.S. Masters Swimming National Records in the 50,
100 and 200 meter breaststroke in the women's 55, 65 and 70 age
divisions. She won 47 first place medals in national USMS competition
in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke and earned All-America
honors 20 times.
In 2000, Diane traveled to the World Masters Swimming Championships
in Munich, Germany and finished second in her age group in five
She was a regular competitor in the North Shore Swim Series,
the Castle Swim and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, most often winning
Diane was asked to join the Outrigger Canoe Club's paddling program
in 1984 when a senior masters division was initiated. She
had never paddled before but with her athletic ability, she easily
made the crew. The crew won nine state championships in 15 years
including 18 straight races over a three year period.
She also competed in three Dad Center Long Distance races, winning
two Masters Divisions, and four Na Wahine O Ke Kai races where
her Masters crew won twice.
Diane has won many honors and awards. In 1984, she was
named Hawaii State Runner of the Year in the 50-54 age group;
in 1988 and 1989 she was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year
by the Honolulu Quarterback Club. In 1990 she was Hawaii State
Female Runner of the Year and one of the Honolulu Advertiser's
Top Ten Athletes of the Decade.
Punahou School presented Diane its Old School Award in 2009 and
inducted her into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
She was elected to the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003 in
the Masters Swimming and Open Water Swimming divisions.
Diane served on the Board of Directors of the Outrigger Duke
Kahanamoku Foundation from 1992-1998, chairing its scholarship
and grants committee. In 2013 she was inducted to the ODKF
Waterman Hall of Fame.
She was also elected to the Outrigger Canoe Club Board
of Directors from 1988-1993 where she was coordinating director
of athletics, secretary and vice-president of activities.
She was selected to the OCC's Winged "O" for outstanding
athletes in 1991, the first woman to be so honored.
Diane was an extraordinary athlete who will long be remembered
for her competitive nature and desire to win.
She is survived by daughter, Denise Beaumont; son Dean Stowell
(Piikea); brother, James McLean (wife?) of Maui; four grandchildren
(list names) and one great grandson (list name).
Memorial services will be held at the Outrigger Canoe Club on
xxxxx. Scattering of ashes will follow. Loose flowers
Donations may be made in her name to xxxxx (ODKF?)s