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Lloyd Bowser Sr., retired federal personnel manager who served on the Baltimore City School Board, dies

Lloyd Bowser Sr. headed the Federal Human Resources Regulatory Agency.
Lloyd Bowser Sr. headed the Federal Human Resources Regulatory Agency.

Lloyd Bowser Sr., a retired federal personnel manager who served on the Baltimore City School Board, died of cancer Oct. 8 at his home in the Morgan Park section of Northeast Baltimore. He was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Poe Homes, he was the son of Samuel Bowser and his wife, Mary Louise Drumgoole, a homemaker. He was a 1957 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio.

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After his military service he worked for the Post Office, the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. and Sinai Hospital. In 1972 he earned a degree in business administration from Morgan State University.

“My father had a quest for knowledge and kept a large library. He read extensively about African American history and biography,” said his son, Lydell Bowser. “He completed more than 30 federal government courses and seminars, as well as numerous corporate sector courses in supervision, administration and executive development.”

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Mr. Bowser had a diverse federal career. He worked for six federal agencies. When he retired nearly 15 years ago, he was an area manager in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He worked at the Garmatz Building in downtown Baltimore and headed the Federal Human Resources Regulatory Agency. He worked in recruiting, examining and training programs.

His son said Mr. Bowser was a senior adviser on federal personnel matters in Maryland and was also a consultant to federal agency managers. He conducted numerous workshops and seminars, which attracted a wide attendance, his son said.

“He was outgoing and organized. He was very much a people person and community-oriented,” said his son. “He worked with numerous mayors, going back to Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III, William Donald Schaefer and Kurt Schmoke.”

While living on Old York Road, Mr. Bowser participated in the St. George’s Charette, a community planning group.

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Mr. Bowser was also a community volunteer in civic and religious groups. He was active in an anti-drug program, the Federal Executive Board’s Focus on the Drug Picture program, and received awards for his work with this effort.

He was appointed by Mayor Schmoke to serve three terms as a commissioner on the Baltimore City School Board. He was a close friend and adviser to Walter Amprey, who headed the city school system from 1991 to 1997.

He was also an active member of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Regiment Association.

Mr. Bowser received more than 50 civic and professional awards, including citations from the president of the United States, the governor of Maryland and two mayors of Baltimore.

He was honored with a Maryland Senate Resolution and Proclamation for his community service accomplishments. He received a citation from principals of Maryland Career and Technology Educations Schools for his contributions in support of their school’s programs.

Mr. Bowser was an active member of New Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of then-Pastor Harold A. Carter Sr.

He was later a member of New Psalmist Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Walter S. Thomas.

“He loved listening to good preaching,” said his son.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dr. Geneva Briggs Bowser, a nurse and retired faculty member at Carver Vocational-Technical High School who was assistant principal at the Francis Wood High School; another son, Dr. Lester Bowser of Laurel; a sister, Dorothy Montague of Baltimore; a brother, Leroy E. Bowser of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. A son, Lloyd Bowser Jr., also died this year.

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