Louis A. Roth, 90, rose enthusiast Louis A. Roth, who...

December 14, 2000

Louis A. Roth, 90, rose enthusiast

Louis A. Roth, who developed a rose that bears his name, died Monday of respiratory failure at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hamilton. He was 90.

In the back yard of his Frankford Avenue home in Hamilton, where he lived for more than 50 years, Mr. Roth carefully tended his garden of more than 200 roses.

His enthusiasm for growing roses began in his youth in Republic, Pa., where he graduated from high school.

He was a member and consulting rosarian for the Maryland Rose Society, Chesapeake Rose Society and American Rose Society. The rose he developed - named the Uncle Lou - bears a large, deep-pink flower.

A member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 28, Mr. Roth worked for more than 50 years as an electrician and retired in 1971.

During World War II, he was in the Army Air Corps, supervising ground crews for B-17 bombers at stateside air bases. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant at war's end.

He was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Barber, whom he married in 1941; a daughter, Louise Payne of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.

David L. Bowers, 68, partner in law firm

David L. Bowers, a retired partner in the Baltimore law firm of Miles & Stockbridge, died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson from complications of a fall suffered this year. The Timonium resident was 68.

A trial attorney whose specialty was insurance defense, Mr. Bowers was a partner in Miles & Stockbridge from 1972 until 1998, when he retired. He joined the firm in 1970.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1950 graduate of City College. He received his bachelor's degree in 1954 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he had been president of his class. He received his law degree in 1961 from the University of Maryland Law School. He was in the Air Force from 1954 until he was discharged in 1956 with the rank of captain.

He began his legal career clerking for Saul Harris, a Baltimore attorney, and later became a partner in Harris & Bowers. He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

His marriage to Jane Richmond ended in divorce.

He was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road in Butler, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Lew Downs; a son, D. Stuart Bowers of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth Bowers-Klaine of Macon, Ga., and Julie B. Minch of Lutherville; a brother, John C. Bowers of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; a stepson, Scott Schneider of Millersville; and a stepdaughter, Lynn Stables of Phoenix, Baltimore County.

Eleanor M. Lowndes, 95, homemaker

Eleanor Macgill Lowndes, a homemaker and member of the Colonial Dames of America in Maryland, died Saturday of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 95.

Mrs. Lowndes had formerly lived in Homeland and Guilford and on Gibson Island for many years. She had been a resident of the Roland Park Place retirement community since 1983.

Mrs. Lowndes was a long-standing member of the Colonial Dames of America in Maryland and was also a member of the Elkridge Club.

She had been an avid horsewoman and a member of the Maryland Hunt Club and the Howard County Hunt Club.

The former Eleanor Macgill was born and raised in Ellicott City and was a graduate of the old Patapsco Female Institute.

In 1927, she married Arthur Japy Hepburn, who died some years later. In the early 1960s, she married W. Bladen Lowndes Jr., president of Fidelity Baltimore National Bank & Trust Co. He died in 1983.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Mrs. Lowndes is survived by a stepson, W. Bladen Lowndes Jr. of Columbia; and two stepdaughters, Randall Lowndes Bryson of Woodford, Va., and Clarke Lowndes Smart of Little River, S.C.

Services, viewing set for Father Farabaugh

A viewing for the Rev. Kenneth R. Farabaugh, pastor of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the church at 533 E. Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill.

A Mass of Christian burial for Father Farabaugh will be celebrated by Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of the Baltimore Archdiocese, at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., in Bel Air.

Father Farabaugh died Tuesday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 63.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Chapel Fund, St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill 21050.

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