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Curtis W. Bowman, 85, physician

The prominent urologist practiced medicine, "the love of his life," here for decades.

Dr. Curtis W. Bowman, a prominent urologist here for nearly four decades, has died at 85.

Dr. Bowman, a former chief of staff at St. Anthony's Hospital, died Wednesday (March 14, 2001) at home.

Born in Manor, Pa., Curtis Weal Bowman came here as a child in 1923 with his parents. His mother, Elizabeth, was a homemaker; his father, J.J. Bowman, taught at Mirror Lake Junior High School and was the choir director at what is now Christ United Methodist Church.

He attended local schools, graduating from St. Petersburg High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He received a bachelor of science degree and a medical degree from Emory University, Atlanta.

At Emory, he was president of his graduating class at the Medical School and a member of the men's glee club at the university.

"He had the most beautiful voice you ever heard," a daughter, Mary Ann Bowman Beil, said Friday. A talented pianist, he also displayed his Irish tenor range with friends who gathered around at parties to hear him play and to join him in song.

Music took second place only to medicine, she said.

"He loved practicing medicine. That was the love of his life."

After interning at Macon (Ga.) General Hospital, he received urological training at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.

In 1945, after Naval service in World War II, he opened his practice in St. Petersburg. In 1984, when he had his office at 1636 First Ave. N, he retired.

A 1972 president of the Florida Urological Association, he also was a member of the American Urological Association, the American and Florida medical associations, the Southeastern Surgical Congress and the Pinellas County Medical Society.

Dr. Bowman was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a past president of Theta Kappa Psi medical fraternity.

He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and a former member of the Suncoasters, Squires Club and Lakewood Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Louneal W.; two daughters, Nancy Bowman Keller, St. Petersburg, and Mary Ann Bowman Beil, Savannah, Ga.; a son, John N., St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren, Katharine Bowman Keller and Joseph Gerald Keller, both of St. Petersburg.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, where he was a member. Burial will be private. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, is in charge.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the church or the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.