Galen Ellis Bowman, 79, died of cancer Friday, January 6, 2006, at his home in Woodbridge, Virginia.
He had retired as principal of John H. Russell School at the Quantico Marine Corps Base. A native of Bassett, he had lived in Woodbridge since 1964.
Mr. Bowman retired from Quantico in 1986 after serving as principal of John H. Russell School for 22 years. He was principal for the Department of Defense schools in Germany and France before coming to Quantico. Earlier, he was a principal and teacher in Henry County, serving the following schools: Spencer Perce, Campbell Court, South Martinsville and John Reed Smith.
He holds degrees from Bridgewater College, University of Virginia and George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Bowman served as a member on the commission on elementary schools for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 1967 to 1973. He was a life member of the National Education Association and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He was a member of the American Legion Post 364 in Woodbridge.
Survivors include a dear friend, Dr. Dorothy Maupin Brodie of Gainesville; a daughter, Denise Rowena Dempsey of Wingina; a son, Dana Gibson Bowman of Warrenton; five grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Hodge of Danville.
A graveside service with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2006.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Hospice, Attn: Donation Processing, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 501, Falls Church, Va. 22042.
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