"Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie was born August 10, 1846, at "Cleveland," the home of his parents, near Forestville, Prince George county, Maryland. He was a student at St. Timothy's Hall, near Baltimore, and later at Washington College, Kent county, Maryland. He then attended lectures at the Medical University of Maryland in Baltimore. In 1869 he was appointed one of the clinical assistants at the Baltimore Infirmary. He took his degree in medicine at the University in the class of 1870, and became assistant physician to the Baltimore Infirmary. Later he resigned this position and went to Montant Territory, where he pursued his profession for several years, but finally returned to Baltimore and resumed practice in that city. He was one of the organizers of the "Northwestern Dispensary," as well as attending physician to that charity for years. He was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty and Curator, as well as visiting physician to the Church Home for a long time; he retired from active practice in 1890, and resided at his house on North Eutaw street (Hamilton Terrace) in winter, and at his country place near Catonsville during the summer.
On October 7, 1879, Dr. Bowie married Laura Virginia Berkley, only daughter of Edris Berkley and his wife Virginia (Enders) Berkley. Though born in Fairfax county, Virginia, Mr. Berkley for a great number of years lived in Baltimore. The history of the Berkley family is interwoven with that of Virginia for nigh three centuries, and its men have assisted in upholding the honor of the "Old Dominion," both in peace and in war for many generations. The progenitor of the Virginia family was John Berkley, of Worcestershire, England, who emigrated to Virginia in 1658 (?). His son, John Berkley 2d, died in 1692, and left a son, John Berkley 3d, who married a widow, Mrs. Susanna Linton, daughter of Thomas Harrison, of Dumfries, Prince William county, Virginia. John Berkley 3d's fourth son William Berkley Sr., married Elizabeth ____, and their eldest son, William Berkley Jr., born about 1720, married a widow, Mrs. Barbara Reid, daughter of George Walker, of Westmoreland county. His son, Benjamin Berkley, married Lucy Newman, and had two sons, John Walker Berkley, who married Elizabeth Brewer, and George Newman Berkley, who was father of the late Mr. William Berkley, of Alexandria, Virginia, whose wife was Elizabeth Pattison. Edris Berkley, son of John Walker Berkley, married Virginia Enders, and had two children: Mrs. Howard Strafford Bowie, as previously shown, and Dr. Henry J. Berkley, of Baltimore, who married Ella Linthicum, a great-granddaughter of Governor Robert Bowie. They have one child. Issue of Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie and his wife Laura: Virginia Berkley, born July 8, 1880; Edris Berkley, born May 9, 1882; Allen Strafford, born November 13, 1884; Eleanor Howard, born August 15, 1888.
Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie died at his residence, 811 Hamilton Terrace, February 26, 1900, after an illness of about two weeks, from heart failure. The remains were interred in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore. His death was a distinct loss to the community, in which his position was of the highest.
Devoted to his profession, he was deservedly crowned with its choicest rewards. To attain success he never resorted to extraneous means, or any of the arts by which popularity is often purchased at the expense of science and of truth. He rose by patient, arduous, unremitting toil, unfaltering courage, and inflexible determination to succeed. Possessed of a thorough classical and medical education and innate talents, he loved science for science's sake, and was over-enthusiastic in his efforts to elevate the standards of his profession. His marked public spirit was evidenced by both word and deed, and he accomplished much for the benefit of his city, particularly with regard to public hygiene and general sanitary measures. A man of deeply imbedded convictions as to right and duty, he was true to them as is the needle to the pole -- of large faith and a great heart, and wealthy in his sympathy with sorrowing, and ever ready to contribute to alleviation of distress. His culture and refinement, coupled with his genial manners and his warmth of attachment to friends, secured him a highplace in the affections and esteem of a large circle of friends. Perhaps the richest and most beautiful traits of his character was his strong domestic sentiments and habits, which impelled him to seek his completest happiness in the family circle, and rendered him its joy and light."
Source: Baltimore: Its History & Its People. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.