Fr. Jack D. Bowling, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., Howe, Ind., and Raymond, Maine, husband for 60 years of Louise (Foster) Bowling, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at The Village at South Farms, Middletown, Conn.
Born Jan. 7, 1929, in Huntington, W.Va., a son of the late Oakley Denver and Mae (Vincent) Bowling.
Fr. Bowling is a graduate of The McCallie School and then attended and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He completed his studies in theology at The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Later in his life, Jack received an additional master’s degree from the University of Maine.
Ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1955, Fr. Bowling served as chaplain at The Howe School in Howe Ind.; and as a member of the clergy at The Church of the Advent, Boston, Mass.; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sturgis; The Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Fla.; and a founding father and dean of St. Michael’s Youth Conference from 1960-2010.
In addition to his priesthood, Fr. Bowling was a faculty member on staff at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville for 22 years as a professor of psychology.
Fr. Bowling is survived by his wife, Louise (Foster) Bowling; his son, Stuart K. Bowling and his wife, Sallie, of Topsfield, Mass.; his daughter, Beth (Bowling) Clausen and her husband, Chris, of Pelham, N.Y.; his daughter, Kathryn A. Bowling of Chicago; and three grandchildren, Abby Bowling and Nicholas and Andrew Clausen.
Following cremation of his remains, a celebration of Fr. Bowling’s life will take place at a Solemn High Requiem Mass in the spring of 2014 at the Church of the Advent in Boston, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Fr. Bowling’s memory can be made to the following: St. Michael’s Conference Fund Attn: The Rev. Jay C. James, 2201 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27608.