Dr. Warren Daniel Bowman Jr. M.D., a much-loved physician, ski patroller, mountaineer, outdoorsman and author, died on March 3, 2017. at his home in Billings. He was 87.
Warren was born on Jan. 4, 1930, in Richmond, Va., the first child of Dr. Warren D. and Olive Smith Bowman. He grew up in Washington, D.C., where his father was pastor of the Washington City Church of the Brethren. He graduated from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va., in 1950, and received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954.
Warren had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and joined the Billings Clinic in 1960 in part because of the access to Montana’s unique and beautiful wilderness. He started at the Clinic as a general internist and soon became one of the first board-certified hematologists and oncologists in the region. He was deeply respected and saw thousands of patients from Montana and Wyoming over nearly 40 years of practice.
Warren was a committed ski patroller, serving as medical advisor to the National Ski Patrol for 30 years, and writing the acclaimed medical textbook Outdoor Emergency Care, as well as two subsequent textbooks. He was internationally known throughout the Ski Patrol. He was also extremely active in the Wilderness Medical Society. He loved the Beartooth Mountains and East Rosebud Lake, spending many wonderful years with his family hiking, climbing, sailing and skiing there.
Warren was a thoughtful, generous, kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Carolyn, Joan, Amy and Eric and their spouses and children; and by his stepchildren, Mary and Steven and their spouses and children. He had eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Douglas, sister Ruth and son-in-law Philip Johnson.
The funeral will be private.
If you wish to remember him, please make a donation to the Billings Clinic or the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Fourth and Broadway.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.michelottisawyers.com.