National Geographic : 1959 Feb
NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERVOLKMARWENTZEL 1914 Beverley M. Bowie 1958 M EMBERS of the National Geographic Society, who have known Assistant Editor Beverley M. Bowie through his beautifully written articles in their Maga zine, will share with the officers, trustees, and staff a deep sense of loss in his untimely pass ing at Bethesda, Maryland, on November 15, 1958, at the age of 43. Author of "Building a New Austria," on the preceding pages, and of many other articles in the National Geographic, Bev Bowie was a brilliant writer whose lustrous style was at once the envy and the pride of his colleagues. He wrote rapidly, always in longhand. His Austrian assignment-his last overseas -produced three articles: "The White Horses of Vienna," in the September, 1958, number, the one in this issue, and a delightful word picture of the Salzkammergut, to appear later. In England on the same trip he obtained a fourth article-his memorable account in No vember, 1957, of the round-the-world travels of Prince Philip. Mr. Bowie was born in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Harvard in 1935 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He held edi torial posts on several magazines and also worked for the Department of State's research 214 and intelligence division. He was decorated for intelligence work in World War II: as a naval officer attached to the Office of Strategic Services, he was one of the first Americans to land in enemy-held Romania. He joined the National Geographic in 1951 and became an Assistant Editor in 1957, con tributing greatly to the Magazine by his talents and taste as editor and critic as well as by his genius as a writer. Mr. Bowie could write with tremendous emotional impact, as in his "Known but to God" in the November, 1958, issue. But he particularly delighted in articles that gave full play to his deft humor. Then his words sparkled, and his sentences smiled. In addition to his many magazine articles. Mr. Bowie was the author of a satirical war novel, Operation Bughouse, and a posthu mously published book of poems, Know All Men by These Presents, written during his last long illness. For almost two years Beverley Bowie lived and worked beneath the lengthening shadow of cancer. But no darkness could quench the light of his personality. He faced death with gallantry, poise, even wit. And in the end he dominated it.