James Wilmer 'Bill' Bowles Jr., executive

He was CEO of Evapco Inc.

January 06, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

James Wilmer "Bill" Bowles Jr., retired CEO of Evapco Inc., died Dec. 28 of lung cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 66.

Born and raised in Leonardtown, Mr. Bowles was a 1966 graduate of St. Mary's Ryken High School and earned a degree in history from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Mr. Bowles went to work in 1972 for Baltimore Air Coil, a cooling system manufacturer, where he rose to vice president. In 1990, he joined Evapco Inc., the Taneytown manufacturer of industrial and commercial cooling systems, where he was CEO until his 2004 retirement.

Mr. Bowles, who also had a home in Naples, Fla., was an avid golfer and had been a member of Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood. Last year, he was the Eastport Cup champion, family members said.

He also enjoyed boating and fishing and maintained a deep interest in presidential history.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of five years, the former Debbie Chartier; a son, C.J. Bowles of Baltimore; two daughters, Heather Bowles of Hanover, Pa., and Jennifer Bowles-Brannon of Pittsboro, N.C.; a sister, Patricia Bowles-Buckler of Leonardtown; and four grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Rita Miller ended in divorce.


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