Steven R. Bowman, 73, of Arlington, Virginia passed away October 19, 2019. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Grizzle (Andrew) and three grandchildren: Kylie Kirkpatrick, Holly Grizzle, and Jason Grizzle; half-siblings Susan Hartsough (Greg), Bruce Bowman (Teresa), Lynne Bulloch (Mac Gregor), John Bowman (Suzanne) and many nieces, nephews and treasured friends around the globe. His mother, Merlyn Stenger Bowman, and his father, Richard Bowman, preceded him in death. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and completed his Masters and doctoral coursework in Russian and Eastern European History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He served in the US Army as an intelligence officer and spent 35 years with the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service as a defense analyst, retiring in 2008 as Head of the Defense Policy and Arms Control Section. A bibliophile of the highest form, Steve hungrily read, interpreted, and assimilated new knowledge throughout his life. Whether the topic was national security, civil rights, poetry, Scottish castles, or women’s soccer, Steve brought a complex understanding that breathed life into any discussion. He was an intelligent, generous, and loving soul who will be missed by many.
As he refused to be fussed over, he requested that there be no formal services. He’d much prefer you celebrate him by pouring yourself a drink, putting on your favorite music and settling in with a book that will teach you something new. And if you choose to honor him with a donation, please consider supporting independent or public media, organizations fighting inequity, a new local artist or the public library of your choosing.