Nancy J. Bowers, Psychologist

August 21, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Nancy J. Bowers, a retired psychologist who had taught in college and specialized in family therapy, died Aug. 10 of cancer at her Tuscany Canterbury home.

She was 68.

Nancy Joan Johnson was born in Chicago and raised there and in Washington. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1963 from the University of Cincinnati.

She held a master's degree in Montessori education, which she earned from Xavier College in 1966, and a doctorate in psychology in 1975 from Tulane University.

From 1979 to 1991, Dr. Bowers taught at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and also maintained a family counseling practice.

An outdoorswoman and an avid mountain climber, Dr. Bowers specialized in climbing what are known as the "fourteeners" - mountains in the Colorado Rockies such as Longs Peak and Pikes Peak - that are more than 14,000 feet high.

Dr. Bowers moved to Baltimore several years ago after being diagnosed with cancer to receive specialized treatment and to be near family members.

"She was a devoted and active member of the Bahai'i faith in Baltimore and participated in as many community activities as possible in spite of her health difficulties," said a son, David Bowers of Nanjing, China.

"She loved going for walks through her neighborhood, and when she was no longer able to do that, had someone push her in her wheelchair," he said.

Graveside services were held for Dr. Bowers on Aug. 13 at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Also surviving are two other sons, Andrew Parsley of Baltimore and Rod Bowers of Pleasantville, N.Y.; a sister, Eileen Houser of Portland, Ore.; and five grandchildren. Her two marriages ended in divorce.

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