John Bowie was
born April 8, 1902, in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. He
graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering on June 3, 1925. Following
graduation, he was appointed as a Junior Engineer and on March
1, 1926, was commissioned as a Ensign.
During his 36-year career, Captain Bowie was assigned aboard
the following ships: LYDONIA as Acting Executive Officer;
EXPLORER, NATOMA, MIKAWE, SURVEYOR, DISCOVERER, PERKIN-COWIE,
GILBERT, COWIE, SOSBEE, LESTER JONES, HODGSON, and the PATHFINDER
as Commanding Officer. His other assignments included Triangulation,
Levels, Reconnaissance, Assistant Chief, and Chief of Coastal
Surveys, Chief of Operations in the Oceanography Division,
and Chief of Program Planning Coordination staff in the Office
of the Director.
During World War II he received two Certificates of Service
for having worked on projects for the Departments of the Army
and Navy in areas determined by the Departments of the Army
and Navy to be of immediate military hazard. Captain Bowie
received service ribbons for both the Atlantic and Pacific
theater areas. Captain Bowie is survived by his wife, Audrey,
of Bethesda, Maryland.
NOAA Corps Bulletin, 3/1/1986