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JOHN M. FOWLER


FOWLER JOHN M. FOWLER, PhD John Fowler, 88, of Silver Spring, MD, died peacefully in his home April 8, 2014. Born to parents Earl and Ada, John received his B.A. from Earlham College, his master's from the University of Oklahoma, and his PhD in Physics from Johns Hopkins. John went on to teach at Washington University in St. Louis; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the University of Maryland. In St. Louis, John along with E.U. Condon and Barry Commoner, played a leading role in the formation of Committee for Nuclear Information (CNI), drawing attention to the health hazards of radioactive fallout from nuclear explosives. Public concern, based largely on efforts of CNI and similar groups led to the adoption by the U.S. of the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963. John was a frequent lecturer on the radiation hazards of nuclear weapons testing and testified on this subject before the U.S. Senate. He was the editor of one of the earliest books on fallout: Fallout: A Study of Superbombs, Strontium 90 and Survival. As his career progressed, John became increasingly interested in improving science teaching and won awards for his teaching and for his leadership in designing programs to advance the teaching of Physics. John was full-time director of special projects at the National Science Teachers Association from 1974-1984, during which time he also wrote the textbook Energy and the Environment. In 1985, he founded the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education in College Park, MD. Always an avid sports fan, after moving to Falls Church, VA in the mid-1930s, John began cheering for Washington-area sports teams. He was a loyal Redskins fan for nearly 80 years, and, over the course of many decades, watched the Senators depart and the Nats arrive, the Bullets become the Wizards, and never lost faith in the O's. John loved to fish and was a bee keeper and gardener. Preceded in death by his son Lee, his brothers Wayne and Bob, and his granddaughter Sadie, John is survived by his wife of 39 years Kathryn "Kay" Fowler and their children John and Katia; his first wife Margaret Fogg and their six surviving children Lynn, Kay, Kurt, Leslie, Ada and Marian; his 13 grandchildren, and his brothers Earl and Jim. Friends and relatives are invited to attend his memorial service at 2 p.m. on May 24 at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice. Please view and sign the online family guestbook at johnmfowlermemorial.blogspot.comjohnmfowlermemorial.blogspot.com


Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 19, 2014
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