Dr. Lloyd Thomas Bowser Jr., a podiatrist who made house calls for elderly diabetic patients and enjoyed fitness training, died of COVID-19 complications Nov. 13 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 56.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Morgan Park, he was the son of Lloyd Bowser Sr., a federal personnel manager who served on the Baltimore City School Board, and his wife, Dr. Geneva Bowser, an assistant principal at the Francis Wood School.
Dr. Bowser was a 1981 graduate of Walbrook High School and was active in the Arena Players.
He spent summers at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a clerk while in high school. He also worked in laboratories at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
“Working in labs, there were no people involved,” he said in a 2001 Baltimore Sun article. “It was so boring.”
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He earned a degree in podiatry at the University of Iowa and did residencies in New York City, Delaware and Maryland, then opening his own practice in Baltimore. He later was a staff podiatrist for Oak Crest Village Retirement Community in Parkville.
“He provided his medical services to elderly community members, who shared their life stories and memories with him,” said his wife, Neeta Kataria.
She said they met on a blind date in 1994.
“He fixed shrimp scampi and told me he made it himself. I later found out he faked it,” she said. “A friend of his made it.”
They married a year later.
Dr. Bowser visited India with his wife and later their children. She said he traveled with his family to Hindu shrines at the foothills of the Himalayas. He was an honored relative at weddings, and was admired by throngs of Indians who were in awe of his muscular build and enthusiastic embrace of Indian culture.
His sons, Rippen and Rohan, recalled their father in a eulogy as a “kind and generous man, who took them with him to regularly distribute food to the homeless.”
They said their father “always had a few dollars tucked away in the car to give money to the needy.”
The 2001 article in The Sun said one of his concerns was the health of his elderly diabetic patients.
“To them, he is ‘The Foot Dr. On Wheels.’ Bowser ... will do a home visit with diabetic patients to treat and fit them with custom therapeutic shoes that help prevent complications from the disease,” the article said.
He said that visiting elderly patients at their homes was part of his “commitment to the community. It’s time to give something back to the community, mainly for the elderly,” he said.
His wife said, “He was a loving and engaging person who took a special interest in his elderly diabetic patients. They often came to see him on public transit but he would drive them home personally.”
Dr. Bowser enjoyed working out and lifting weights. In 2001 he ran in and completed the Baltimore marathon.
The feature article also said, “He’s a foot doctor whose specialties include sports medicine, biomechanics, diabetic care, foot surgery and ankle rehabilitation. ... He treats athletes from the ultra-fit to weekend warriors. Outside the office, on days like this one, he visits elderly diabetic patients in their homes, to make sure they are getting the care they are entitled to.”
Dr. Bowser said he treated many conditions, “You name it: shin splints, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome,” he said as he listed common running injuries being treated in his office.
“There’s an increase of people participating in the sport of running, not just for marathons,” he said. “In podiatry, you deal with dermatology, radiology. You do surgery. You can specialize in sports medicine,” he explained. “And, usually, someone with a toenail problem can wait until Monday. So I can have a family and a life.”
Dr. Bowser described the appeal of marathon running.
“It’s a sport you can do by yourself, or with other people,” he said in 2001. “You get a chance to see Baltimore neighborhoods up close, and you get an endorphin surge. Plus, I’m a competitive person.”
He was a former board member of the National Federation for the Blind. He enjoyed spending a few minutes at Atwater’s in Belvedere Square with a snack of tea and toast.
Survivors include his wife, an attorney; two sons, Rippen Bowser and Rohan Bowser; his mother, Dr. Geneva B. Bowser of Baltimore; and two brothers Lydell Bowser of Catonsville and Dr. Lester Bowser of Laurel. His father, Lloyd T. Bowser Sr., died earlier this year.
A private funeral was held Dec. 1.