Iconic Calvert judge dies

 Prince Frederick, MD - Retired Judge Perry G. Bowen Jr., who was legendary for his courtroom austerity during his years on the bench and his community involvement in Calvert County, died Friday, March 9. Bowen was 90 and was living in Spotsylvania County, VA, where he had resided for over 17 years.

According to an obituary posted by Rausch Funeral Home, Bowen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. He enlisted in the United States Army and served four years in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
It was while in the Army and stationed in Columbia, SC, that Bowen met his wife, Virginia. They were married in 1951 and had four children.

Bowen was appointed an associate judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Calvert County in the early 1960s. He served on the bench for over 20 years. In addition to his judiciary work, Bowen was a farmer and involved in many community projects. He was one of the founders of The Calverton School and Calvert Bank and Trust Company. He was also involved in the founding of Calvert Marine Museum and Jefferson Patterson Park.

Bowen is survived by his wife and three of his children. Funeral services for Judge Perry Bowen will be held Thursday, March 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick starting at 11 a.m.

Judge Bowen’s full obituary may be read here.

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