John C. Bowers, 76, engineer and sculptor

May 21, 2006

John Charles Bowers, an engineer and sculptor, died May 14 of complications from lung cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 76.

Mr. Bowers grew up in the Ednor Gardens neighborhood of Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1946. He later graduated from the University of Maryland, where he studied engineering.

During the Korean War, he was drafted and taught surveying at Fort Belvoir, said his second wife, Maryann Mardiney.

Mr. Bowers worked as a mechanical and civil engineer for AAI Corp. in Baltimore County for most of his career before retiring at 62.

As an adult, Mr. Bowers carved small abstract sculptures from soapstone and wood, often depicting torsos and other organic forms as well as geometric shapes, said his stepdaughter, Megan Mardiney of Brooklyn, N.Y.

He had exhibited his work and won several awards, his wife said. Later, he studied welding.

"He had just a good sense of shapes," she said, adding that he could picture "what can come out of a stone."

He enjoyed playing golf, which he learned after he retired. He also served as captain of his pontoon boat, the Jackie Buoy, which he and his wife kept near their second home in Ocean Pines. Mr. Bowers liked to take his 12 grandchildren fishing, his wife said.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home Inc. in Towson.

In addition to his wife, his stepdaughter and grandchildren, Mr. Bowers is survived by two sons, Keith Bowers of Lutherville and Mark Bowers of Fallston; his daughter, Amy Dodson of the Medfield neighborhood in Baltimore; and two stepsons, Michael and Matthew Mardiney, both of Lutherville.

Contributions may be made in his name to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis 21403.

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