Rev Walter Russell Bowie


Rev Walter Russell Bowie

Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Apr 1969 (aged 86)
Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Burial Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 74325721 View Source

The Rev Dr W Russell Bowie was the husband of Jean Laverack Bowie and the son of Walter Bowie and Elizabeth Branch, according to his death certificate. The death informant is listed as Jean Evans.

W Russell Bowie graduated from Harvard in 1904, where he and classmate Franklin Delano Roosevelt co-edited the Harvard Crimson. He married Jean Laverack in 1909 in Buffalo, NY. The Rev Dr Bowie served as rector of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond from 1911 to 1923. He then led Grace Episcopal Church in New York City from 1923 to 1939, before joining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary. In 1950 he joined the faculty of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He lived on campus during his latter years.

During a long and distinguished career, the Rev Dr Bowie also wrote many books, and served on the editorial boards for the Interpreter's Bible and the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

A newspaper obituary shows that the Rev Dr Bowie passed away at Alexandria Hospital, and was survived by two daughters and one son.

Arrangements were handled by Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home.


Virginia death certificate, via Ancestry.

Obituary, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr 1969, p 15, via

Obituary, Herald-News (Passaic, NJ), 24 Apr 1969, p 4, via

Obituary (for wife), Richmond Times Dispatch, 23 Jun 1963, p 30, via Newspapers. com.

Society item, Buffalo (NY) Times, 29 Sep 1909, p 5, via

Detailed wedding announcement, Buffalo (NY) Courier, Sun 3 Oct 1909, describing a ceremony that took place "Wednesday afternoon," most likely Wed 29 Sep 1909

Society item announcing arrival of wedding guests, Buffalo (NY) Commercial, 27 Sep 1909, p 10, via


So faith, hope, love abide / these three; but the greatest / of these is love.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Walter Russell Bowie (8 Oct 1882–23 Apr 1969), Find a Grave Memorial ID 74325721, citing Virginia Theological Seminary Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Mrs. Bee (contributor 47112547) .