Thomas S. Bowyer Jr., 62, Schmidt Baking president...

September 21, 2001

Thomas S. Bowyer Jr., 62, Schmidt Baking president

Thomas Stuart Bowyer Jr., retired president of the Schmidt Baking Co, died of a heart attack Monday at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 62 and lived in the Poplar Hill section of North Baltimore.

He was stricken earlier that day at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, where he was preparing to teach a course in economics and business administration.

Mr. Bowyer retired in 1994 as president and chief executive officer of Schmidt Baking, where he had worked since he was an undergraduate at the Johns Hopkins University.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Dr. Thomas S. Bowyer, a Baltimore obstetrician, and Ernestine Schmidt, whose grandfather, Peter Schmidt, founded the baking firm.

Mr. Bowyer was a 1957 graduate of the Gilman School, where he was a member of the varsity football, wrestling and lacrosse teams.

At Johns Hopkins, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business, he played lacrosse all four years. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He also received a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College in 1980.

From 1961 to 1963 he served in the Army as a commissioned officer, stationed at Carlyle, Pa.

He was married to the former Leslie Smalley. A marriage to the former Sharon A. Leslie ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. David's Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where he was a communicant, vestryman and treasurer.

Survivors also include a son, Stuart D. Bowyer, and a daughter, Lauren E. Bowyer, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Claude B. Bowyer II of Fort Myers, Fla., and Charles H. Bowyer of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Louise Dawson of Baltimore; and four nieces and four nephews.

Robert E. Mason Jr., 58, Ocean City official

Robert E. Mason Jr., an official in Ocean City's Parks and Recreation Department, died Tuesday at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del., one day after he was injured in an automobile accident. He was 58 and had lived in the resort town about 30 years.

Mr. Mason's official title was analyst for the department, but his work was varied. He worked on projects that involved the boardwalk tram, creating artificial reef habitats for fishing and diving, beach access for the disabled and community-service assignments for youthful offenders.

He also was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, deputized to assist in rescues by boat.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Mason was raised in Roland Park and graduated from Gilman School in 1962. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 1966, and a master's degree in transportation at Northwestern University in 1969.

He worked for the Rouse Co., primarily in developing a minibus transportation system in Columbia, before moving to Ocean City in 1971 to take a job at City Hall.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at the Ocean City Parks and Recreation Community Center on 125th Street.

Mr. Mason is survived by his father, Dr. Robert Mason of Lutherville; a sister, Betsy Baker of Columbia; two brothers, Dr. Steven Mason of Baltimore and Andrew Mason of Hollis, N.H.; and nine nieces and nephews.

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