Obituaries & Tributes

Patricia Carr Bowie

Patricia Carr Bowie passed away on April 3, 2020, at Elder Health and Living in Springfield, Oregon. She was born on June 21, 1923, in Richmond, Indiana, to Susan Brownell Carr and Willard Z. Carr. Her brothers were James Carr, Brownell Carr and Willard Z. Carr Jr.

Pat got her Bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Michigan. She was two weeks short of graduating from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School when she married James Gordon Bowie. She raised three children: Sophia Susan Bowie-McCoy, William Bowie, and Craig Bowie in Los Angeles. Afterwards, she obtained a Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California and taught part-time at Loyola Marymount and California Polytechnic at Pomona. She served as President of the Los Angeles Historical Society from 1982-4.

In 1995, Pat and Jim moved to Eugene, where she became active with the Eugene Symphony Guild. Every year, she taught a session for Karen Olsen’s 5th grade class at McCornack about her early childhood experiences with Orville Wright, one of the creators of the early airplane. Jim Bowie died in 2012.

Pat is survived by her three children; sons-in-law Thierry Cuille and James McCoy; grandsons Spencer McCoy and Silas (and Rachel) McCoy; and great-grandchildren Frazier and Mavis McCoy.

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. 



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