David Henry Stowe Sr., 87, presidential aideDavid Henry...

November 13, 1997

David Henry Stowe Sr., 87, presidential aide

David Henry Stowe Sr., who had been a presidential aide and labor arbitrator, died of lung cancer Monday at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 87.

A Bethesda resident for 50 years, he had lived at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville since 1991.

He left the North Carolina State Employment Service and went to Washington as chief examiner in the Bureau of the Budget in 1941 and became an aide to President Harry S. Truman several years later.

In a 1995 interview in The Sun, he said he often talked to Mr. Truman about the president's decision to drop the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and told of witnessing Mr. Truman's controversial firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur as Far East commander during the Korean War in 1951.

After Mr. Truman left office in 1953, Mr. Stowe was a federal labor arbitrator from 1953 to 1970.

In 1961, he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the President's Missile Sites Labor Commission and served until 1967.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon appointed him to the National Mediation Board, which he chaired in 1972, 1975 and 1978.

He retired as a labor arbitrator in 1990.

He was on the board of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute in Independence, Mo.

Born in New Canaan, Conn., Mr. Stowe earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 and a master's degree in economics in 1934, both from Duke University.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

He is survived by two sons, David H. Stowe Jr. of Moline, Ill. and Richard W. Stowe of Silver Spring; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Charles T. Thompson, a retired serviceman and former Baltimorean, died of cancer Nov. 6 at his Antelope, Calif., home. He was 69.

Mr. Thompson, who was born and raised in Govans, graduated from Douglass High School in 1947 and enlisted in the Air Force. He retired with the rank of master sergeant in 1976 at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., and continued working there as a civilian computer expert, retiring again in 1994.

A memorial service will be held today at the base chapel.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former June King; three sons, Dana Thompson of Oakridge, Tenn., Kevin Thompson of Stockton, Calif., and Daryl Thompson of Sacramento; a daughter, Tanya Reaves of Antelope; four brothers, Rufus Thompson, Kenneth Thompson, Robert Thompson and Glenford Thompson, all of Baltimore; four sisters, Dorothy Beach of Bladensburg and Gladys Shannon, Marian Spencer and Janice Roberts, all of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Louis Henry Decker Jr., 70, ex-foreman of neon sign firm

Louis Henry Decker Jr., retired general foreman of the Claude Neon Sign Co., died Nov. 5 of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Melbourne, Fla. The former Severna Park resident was )) 70.

Known as Buck, he joined the company as an apprentice in 1947 and retired as general foreman in 1990 and moved to Florida.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Carrollton Manor near Severna Park, he graduated from Glen Burnie High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Germany.

He enjoyed cabinetmaking and was a member for many years of St. Martin's In The Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park.

Services were Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Margaret Brookhart; two sons, David Decker of Sykesville and Karl Decker of Severna Park; and two grandchildren.

William James Lowman Sr., 68, retired educator

William James Lowman Sr., a retired educator, died of cancer Oct. 23 at his Parkville residence. He was 68.

He joined the Baltimore County school system as a teacher in 1953 and retired as principal of Villa Cresta Elementary School in 1984. He worked as an insurance agent before he became principal of St. Cecilia parochial school, also known as Rosa Parks Elementary School, in Baltimore in 1989. He retired as principal of Immaculate Conception parochial school in Towson in 1994.

He was a longtime volunteer with the Epilepsy Association of Maryland, earned a private pilot's license when he was 45 and, with friends, bred and raced thoroughbred horses.

He was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church where a memorial Mass was offered Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Eileen Skinner; four sons, William J. Lowman Jr. of Baltimore, Thomas Lowman of Silver Spring, John Lowman of Wilmington, Del. and Nelson Lowman of Cockeysville; and six grandchildren.

Robert J. Krehnbrink, 74, teacher, insurance salesman

Robert J. Krehnbrink, a retired public school teacher, died of cancer Oct. 25 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in Lutherville.

The Detroit native became a teacher at 38 after being an insurance salesman. He taught in high schools in Baltimore and Baltimore County, and retired in 1983.

Mr. Krehnbrink, who moved to North Baltimore when he was 3 years old, graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in business and public administration in 1949.

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