Author Joseph Cowley Sr. of Westport, Conn., formerly of Southold, died at home Feb. 17. He was 96.
Mr. Cowley was born Oct. 9, 1923. He graduated from Columbia University in 1947, interrupting his academic career to serve two and a half years with the Army Air Force during World War II. The last few months of service were spent overseas as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.
He received his M.A. from Columbia in 1948 and taught English at Cornell University before entering sales.
Mr. Cowley published five novels, several short story collections, four plays and two works of nonfiction.
He married Ruth M. Cowley in 1948; they divorced in 1983, but remained together until her death in 2006.
Mr. Cowley was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Schlaich. He is survived by his partner of 12 years, Bernice Friedson; his sister, Dorothy; three children, Barbara, Charles and Joe Jr.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place in Westport March 2. For more information, call 937-217-3304.