• 77 years old
  • Born on August 4, 1941 in Helena, Montana, United States.
  • Passed away on September 17, 2018 in Catonsville, Maryland, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mike Bowler, born on August 4, 1941 and died on September 17, 2018. 

Please join us for a Celebration of Life service and reception from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10th at Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville, Maryland. 
See the photos and video in the "Gallery" tab and stories in the "Stories" tab and feel free to add to them.

Here is the link to his obituary in the Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-...

and his obituary in the Helena Independent Record (Montana):


and an OpEd on his efforts on behalf of H.B. Johnson:


In lieu of flowers, please remember Mike with donations to:
Education Writers Association


(Please designate your donation to EWA Reporting on Education - For Young Reporters)


Kids Helping Hopkins
(check to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, with KHH in the memo line)
Julie Riddle, Kids Helping Hopkins
JHCC Development Office

750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700

Baltimore, MD   21202


Mike Bowler Memorial Library Collection

Hillcrest Elementary School has created the “Mike Bowler Memorial Library Collection” to honor Mike’s service as a volunteer at the school (frequent reader to groups of students, member of the School Improvement Team, Literature Night volunteer) and as a member of the Baltimore County School Board. Funds raised will buy books for the library and the classrooms.

Donations: $10=1 bookplate, $20=3 bookplates, $50=7 bookplates, $100=15 bookplates
Send check made out to Hillcrest Elementary School (“Mike Bowler Memorial Collection” in the memo line) to Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228 (Questions: 410-887-0820)

Posted by Harold Riedl on 8th October 2018
I knew Mike as my editor for The Evening Sun's opinion page. We scooped the nation in 1990 when we predicted that Clarence Thomas would take Thurgood Marshall's place on the Supreme Court. Mike did not take all my submissions, but he published most of them. We never disagreed over copy. Which makes him, among many other distinctions, an editor of the greatest wisdom and judgment! I am grateful to be a small part of the celebration of his great life.
Posted by Antero Pietila on 21st September 2018
Posted for Jeanne Saddler Mike became my dear colleague and mentor when I joined The Sun after grad school. It was my great good fortune to work with someone with his great intelligence, professionalism, keen sense of humor and constant fairness. Most importantly, Mike remained a wonderful friend for decades. Mike and Margaret were part of many great occasions in my life and were held in especially high regard by my husband, Warren Leary, and my mother Thelma Richardson. Mike was even “adopted” as a godson by my mother. He loved to tease her about her erratic driving skills during one of Mike & Margaret’s visits with her in Detroit. I treasure most of all the memory of Mike’s honest, open, quizzical gaze and the ultimate kindness in his voice. He was a great soul who touched and enriched my life.
Posted by Antero Pietila on 21st September 2018
Mike was a charter member of The Setting Sun walkers, also consisting at various times of ex-Social Security honcho Gilbert Fisher, erstwhile Sun feature writer Jack Dawson (now in Canada), cartoonist Mike Lane, copy chief Bob Grover, City Hall reporter etc. John O'Donnell and yours truly. Ours were thematic walks. We once did the Gettysburg battleground and twice sauntered in D.C., when Mike was with the federal education department. An annual report chronicled the previous year's achievements, including a list of restaurants that we ate at. I admired Mike's openness about what was once known as the Big C. HIs posts about his challenges combined seriousness with humor. Mike was a man of many talents, with a marvelous career. He even authored a brief book about the city school system, little known but essential to anyone aspiring to comprehend what's going on. The high point, if you ask me, was his editorship of The Evening Sun's Other Voices page. He developed a stable of interesting writers. That's where Gilbert Sandler became the wise old man he is recognized to be. Among Mike's finds was H.B. Johnson, an inmate dying of AIDS, thanks to heroin guards provided. The staid old Sun morning paper never would publish a convicted armed robber's writings--or poetry, for that matter-- but Mike did. He also championedJohnson's release, which Governor Schaefer made possible. Johnson won WMAR TV's annual writing prize twice, once in prison, the other time while a free man a couple of years before his death. I raise my mug to Mike. Our common close friend, Thelma Richardson, Jeanne Saddler's mother, often repeated the opinion that Mike was "the smartest man in America" and deserved to be president . . . At 98, she now has high hopes for Mike's grandson.
Posted by Kathy Lally on 19th September 2018
Dear Margaret and Stephen, We are thinking of you and your family with love, wishing you strength and resilience as you cope with the loss of Mike. He was a wonderful, wonderful person who inspired us as education writers and made us better journalists by his example. He cared so much about his work and the people around him, and we cared deeply about him. We feel so fortunate to have known him. Kathy and Will
Posted by Michael Lane on 18th September 2018
The trip to Jerusalem together. The trip to Florida together. To ballgames. To beers. And our special times together with the Setting Sun Walkers after retirement . So many other... Goodbye, brother Mike

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