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William Carleton Bowie

December 12, 1940 ~ July 28, 2019 (age 78)

WILLIAM CARLETON BOWIE passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the age of 78. William was born in Washington DC in 1940 and grew up in Chevy Chase MD and Washington DC where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He attended Virginia Tech and began his professional career as an accountant in private industry before entering US government service in the Washington area at the Treasury, the Mint and finally retiring from the State Department after 42 years as a civil servant. He moved with his now-deceased wife, Diane Caron Bowie, eight years ago to be with his family in the New Orleans area. Bill was an avid birder and received certification as a Master Naturalist involved in southern Louisiana conservation issues. He was a devoted gardener, played several musical instruments and loved music, attending many concerts over the years in a variety of genres from jazz to rock to classical. Bill also possessed a lifelong passion for genealogy. He loved to hike and camp both in the United States and abroad and traveled throughout the world to satisfy his cultural curiosity and his passion for nature and birds. He is survived by his son Charles, his granddaughter, Shannon, and his grandson, Charles Jr., as well as three great-grandsons, twins Aaron and Cooper, and Zachary, all of the New Orleans area.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 1 PM at Greenwood Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA, with visitation beginning at 11 AM. Memorials should be made to the National Audubon Society, Woodrow Wilson High School Theater Department, Washington DC or a conservation non-profit of your choice.
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