Muldowny came to UT in 1960, after graduating from Yale University. He served as associate head and interim head of the department during a time of rapid change in the discipline, the department, and the university. In 1990, he moved to full-time administration, working for a decade as an associate dean in charge of summer school, evening school, and other special programs. He retired in 2001.
Muldowny survived by his wife Elaine Breslaw; sister Sheila Stone; sons Steven Muldowny and David Muldowny; stepson Karl Breslaw, several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Muldowny will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Yale Musical Theater of the Air, c/o Association of Yale Alumni, PO Box 209010, New Haven, CT, 06520, or to the Enrichment Fund, History Department, University of Tennessee, 915 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN, 37996.