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 tenure at the ...

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