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Louis C. Schowe, lawyer and sailor

Louis C. Schowe, a lawyer and champion sailor, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 1990) at his home, 3552 10th St. NE. He was 68. He died of cancer, said his daughter, Lynda Holt of Birmingham, Ala.

Mr. Schowe "won just about every major race there was," including the Lipton Cup and the Candler Cup, said a longtime sailing companion, Dr. Richard J. La Grua.

In the late 1960s, Mr. Schowe skippered the Salty Tiger when the ship won first overall in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC), he said.

As skipper of Stampede in the early 1970s and again in the mid 1980s, he won the Florida Ocean Racing Association championship, a series sailed in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, said La Grua.

Sailing Right Now, Mr. Schowe also had won overall in a Tampa Bay Race Week and a Suncoast Race Week, La Grua said.

Three times he was selected for the Mallory Finals, a prestigious event of the North American Yacht Racing Championships. To sail in the finals, the best sailor is selected from several regions, La Grua said.

A 1974 commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Mr. Schowe also won championships in the Midget Ocean Racing Conference, which featured boats under 30 feet in races off The Pier and in the Gulf in the 1960s.

"He was very good on long and short races," La Grua said. "He had a propensity to win. He would take some slow boats and make them go fast.

"The guy was a fierce competitor but always fair. He never really quit when he was racing. He was an extremely great shipmate."

Louis Chattin Schowe was born in Indianapolis, where his mother, Louellen, was an artist and his father, Harry, had a picture-framing business. He came to St. Petersburg in 1928, when he was about 6.

After graduating from St. Petersburg High School, he began studies at the University of Florida (UF), aiming for a degree in business administration. World War II interrupted his plans. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the Army Air Forces, much of it as a fighter pilot.

"He just missed being an ace," said La Grua. "He had great reflexes."

After leaving the service and earning his degree at UF, Mr. Schowe returned to St. Petersburg to own and operate a motel for 15 years.

"He wanted to go to medical school," his daughter said. With a wife and three children to support, he "wanted to make more money than he could operating a motel."

Since he could not leave his family to attend medical school, she said, he turned at age 38 to the law. After graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1963, he began practicing with Meros & Wilkinson and was associated with several other firms before opening his own office about 15 years ago, she said.

At his death he maintained an office at 2101 Fifth Ave. N.

Mr. Schowe was a former member of the Exchange Club and the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club and a founder of a local chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Survivors in addition to his daughter include his wife of 42 years, June P.; two sons, Brent C., Denver, and Carlton P., London, England; a sister, Esther Suber, St. George Island; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 M.

L. King (Ninth) St. N.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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