William Durkee Cowman

[Age 91] Army vet worked for Bendix Radio in Md., Pa.

August 10, 2007

William Durkee Cowman, a retired Bendix Radio employee, died Sunday of lung disease while visiting a daughter in Wheeling, W.Va. The former Towson resident was 91.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of McDonogh School, where he was class president and played football and baseball. He attended the University of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in accounting and personnel administration.

Mr. Cowman joined the old Bendix Radio organization in 1940 and worked in the accounting and sales fields. During World War II, he served in the Army and did personnel work.

In 1952, when Bendix's newly formed York, Pa., division began operations, he was transferred from Baltimore and promoted to director of industrial relations. He lived in York until 1980, when he moved to Cape Coral, Fla.

He was active in the Towson Junior Chamber of Commerce and was state chairman from 1950 to 1952. He also volunteered with the Baltimore County Youth Commission.

Mr. Cowman enjoyed solving crossword puzzles.

Plans for a service were incomplete.

He is survived by his second wife, Fayetta Honicker Steidel Cowman of Doylestown, Pa.; four daughters, Susan Scharf of Finksburg, Patricia Shuler of Wheeling, Lois Fennig of Columbia and Diane Cowman of York, Pa; two sons, David Cowman of York and Stephen Cowman of Denver; eight grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. His first wife of 55 years, the former Elizabeth Hoover, died in 1995.

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