Alice F. Bowie, Evening Sun reporter and editor, dies

Newspaperwoman enjoyed gardening

  • Alice Bowie
Alice Bowie
July 11, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Alice F. Bowie, a former newspaper reporter and editor who enjoyed gardening, died Thursday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The Lutherville resident was 87.

The daughter of a farmer and suffragette, Alice Forbes was born in Baltimore and raised in Bolton Hill and Harford County.

When Mrs. Bowie was a child, she began riding horses bareback in Harford County, and through her 20s rode with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr School in 1942, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1945 from Vassar College.

She worked as a reporter and editor from 1945 to 1949 for the Harford Gazette in Harford County before joining The Evening Sun.

Mrs. Bowie reprised her role as a reporter and editor for what were then called the women's pages.

She left newspapering in 1954 when she married C. Keating Bowie, a corporate lawyer who later became the longtime chairman of the board of trustees of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

He died in 2005.

The couple lived for 31 years on Merryman Court in Roland Park before moving in 1986 to Evergreen Farm in Oxford, which overlooks the Choptank River. Since 2004, Mrs. Bowie had lived at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville.

Mrs. Bowie was an avid gardener and had been a past president of the Amateur Gardeners' Club of the Garden Club of America.

A Maryland history buff, Mrs. Bowie was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and volunteered at Mount Clare, the historic Carroll Park home in Southwest Baltimore of Charles Carroll the Barrister.

Mrs. Bowie was a longtime communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Surviving are two sons, C. Keating Bowie of Royal Oak and Walter W.W. Bowie of Still Pond; two daughters, Elizabeth Bowie Fesperman, a Baltimore Sun reporter, of Ruxton and Helen B. Campbell of Towson; and five grandchildren.

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