John McGowan Jr., a retired AAI Corp. executive and avid sailor, died of heart failure May 31 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 88.
Mr. McGowan was born in Providence, R.I., and raised in Waynesboro, Pa. He was a 1937 graduate of Mercersburg Academy and attended Georgia Institute of Technology - leaving during World War II to work in the engineering division of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.
In 1952, he joined AAI and spent much of his 33-year career with the company negotiating contracts. He had also been assistant secretary of the Cockeysville company before retiring in 1985.
He enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his sloop, The Dreamer, and was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and Baltimore Country Club. He was also an accomplished woodworker.
Mr. McGowan had lived for more than 40 years on Taplow Road in Homeland until moving last year to College Manor, a Lutherville retirement community.
He was a communicant and former vestryman at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at noon Friday.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Esther Anderson; and a daughter, Esther C. Anderson of New York City.