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November 15th 1949
The Baltimore Sun
(Copyright © Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Sun)

Services For General Will Be At 11 A. M. Tomorrow

Military rites for Maj. Gen. Washington Bowie, Jr., who died early yesterday at his home in Lutherville, will be held at 11 A. M. at Chapel Gate, Arlington National Cemetery, where he will be buried.

Announcement of his death to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County yesterday brought an adjournment of the day’s sessions, after tributes had been paid by members of the bar and Judge J. Howard Murray.

Since his retirement in December, 1947, as vice president and general counsel of the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, with which he was associated for 52 years, General Bowie had practiced law in Towson with his son, Johnson Bowie.

Helped In Civic Posts
A long career of civic activities had included service as chairman of Draft Board No. 3 in Baltimore county since 1940, and as fuel coordinator for the county during the fuel shortage of 1946.

General Bowie, who was born November 20, 1872, in Montgomery county, had been in failing health for six months.

The son of Washington Bowie and the former Miss Nellie Schley, he attended Brookeville Academy in Montgomery County and later entered the University of Maryland Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1896.

Headed Law Committee
At the time of his retirement from the Fidelity and Deposit Company he was chairman of the law committee of the Surety Association of America.

Enlisting in the Baltimore Light Infantry in 1889, he served as first lieutenant and later as captain in Company L, 5th Maryland Volunteers, during the Spanish-American War.

He was in service again during the Mexican border campaign in 1916-1917 as a lieutenant colonel of the 5th Infantry, Maryland National Guard.

Entering World War I as colonel of the same regiment, he served overseas in the Meuse-Argonne offensive between June 28, 1918 and May 21, 1919. Retired November 20, 1936, s brigadier general, he received the brevet rank of major general.

Survivors Listed
General Bowie married Miss Marion Johnson, of Chicago, in 1911. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Johnson, and Washington 5th, of Lutherville, and Major Richard Turner Bowie, of Fort Sill, Okla. Also surviving is a brother, David McAlpin Bowie, of Montgomery County.

General Bowie was a member of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lutherville, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Maryland Club, the American Legion, the Society of the 1st Division, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the 29th Division Association and State and county bar associations.

Cornelius V. Roe made the formal notification of General Bowie’s death to the Circuit Court, with Richard A. McAllister, George M. Berry and T. Lyde Mason, Jr., adding tributes.

“He was an excellent lawyer,” Judge Murray said. “He was a distinguished soldier. He fulfilled to the utmost every civic responsibility.”