Frank J. Cowan Jr., 74, funeral director,...

Frank J. Cowan Jr., 74, funeral director, banker

Frank J. Cowan Jr., a retired funeral director and former banker, died of complications from a heart attack Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 74 and lived in Baltimore Highlands.


In 1990, he retired and closed Frank J. Cowan Funeral Home, which was founded by his grandfather in 1880 at Hollins and Poppleton streets.

"It was an institution in Southwest Baltimore for well over 100 years," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, former pastor of nearby St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church. The church's chimes were donated by the Cowan family.


"This was the Irish and Lithuanian funeral home, and he was the last member of his family to work in the business," said Father Roach, now pastor of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, Carroll County. "He was truly a character and also a good churchman and strong supporter of St. Peter's."

Born and raised in Southwest Baltimore, Mr. Cowan graduated from St. Peter parochial school and Mount St. Joseph High School.

During World War II, he served with the Army and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of private. He then worked at the Carrollton Bank in various capacities until 1961 when he joined the family business.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter the Apostle.

He is survived by two nephews and two nieces.

Dr. Mamdouh Darwish, 60, hospital chief of nephrology

Dr. Mamdouh O. Darwish, who was chief of nephrology and associate director of the department of medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at his Timonium home. He was 60.

Dr. Darwish, who had been associated with the hospital since 1972, also had been an instructor in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


He was educated in his native Cairo, Egypt, earning a medical degree in 1960 from Ein Shams University, where he completed a residency in internal medicine and nephrology.

He also completed residencies at the University of Edinburgh and Lewisham Hospital in London and was a senior fellow in the renal unit of London's Kings College Hospital. He came to Baltimore in 1970 as a resident at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Dr. Darwish was a diplomate of the Royal College of Physicians, the American Boards of Internal Medicine and the American Boards of Nephrology.

Services were held yesterday. He is survived by a brother, Raafat Darwish of Cairo; two sisters, Bessie El-Gawly of San Francisco and F. El-Karbotly of Alexandria, Egypt; and a special friend, Helen Tenant of Baltimore.

David N. Bayless, 98, pharmacist, bridge master

David N. Bayless, a retired pharmacist, died April 18 of heart failure at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville, where he moved several years ago from Florida. He was 98.


He immigrated to Philadelphia from his native Kiev, Russia, and owned drugstores first in that city then in Atlantic City, N.J. He was a nationally ranked duplicate bridge player and a life master.

In 1924, he married Fannie Halpern, who died in 1994.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of his daughter, Ruth Kravitz, 5604 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. Other survivors include a son, Dr. Theodore M. Bayless of Mount Washington; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/26/96