William R. Bowie Jr.Retired Army majorServices for William...


July 12, 1992

William R. Bowie Jr.

Retired Army major

Services for William R. Bowie Jr., a retired U.S. Army major, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Episcopal Church, Arlington and Lafayette avenues.

Mr. Bowie, who was 69, died Tuesday of complications from colon surgery at Liberty Medical Center in Baltimore.

A native of West Point, Va., Mr. Bowie moved to Baltimore in 1932. He attended Baltimore City public schools and graduated from Douglass High School in June 1940.

He continued his studies at then-Coppin State Teachers College for two years until he was drafted into the Army in 1942 during World War II. He completed Officers Candidate School in 1944 en route to a 21-year Army career.

He taught an ammunitions supply course at the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1945 and worked at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

Mr. Bowie served in Japan from 1948 to 1950. The following three years, he served at many bases throughout the U.S., including Fort Lewis in Washington, Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania and Aberdeen. His career also took him to Texas, HTC California and New Mexico.

He retired at Fort Lewis in 1963.

He later continued his education at the University of Maryland College Park and graduated summa cum laude in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

After graduating, he went to work for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and shortly thereafter, worked for the Social Security Administration until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Bowie was a member of the Templars Inc. and the Orbit Investment Club, of which he served several years as president. He was also president of a neighborhood group in Walbrook, where he lived.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Nellie Harris; a son, Gerald Bowie of Baltimore; two daughters, Janice M. Bowie of Columbia and Jerlys B. Bowie of Las Vegas; two brothers, Edward M. Bowie of Washington, D.C., and Roger W. Bowie Sr. of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Marie H. Rafferty


Services for Marie Hurley Rafferty, a homemaker and housewife, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City.

Mrs. Rafferty, a resident of the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, died Thursday at the age of 84 at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native graduated from St. Peter's parochial school.

A former administrative assistant at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., she left the company in 1936 to be a housewife and homemaker. Mrs. Rafferty also devoted many years to taking care of her parents during their years of illness.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, J. Bernard Rafferty of Baltimore; her son, the Rev. Brian M. Rafferty of Pasadena; and her sister, Patricia Mettee of Catonsville.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Bon Secours Hospital.

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