Maj. (Ret.) Charles Daniel "Dan" Bowdoin Jr.

September 17, 1944January 27, 2017
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Major (Ret.) Charles Daniel "Dan" Bowdoin Jr., 72, of Athens, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his family. Major Bowdoin was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family as well as being an active deacon and choir member at Beech Haven Baptist Church.

A native of Atlanta, Major (Ret.) Bowdoin was the son of the late Dr. Charles Daniel Bowdoin Sr. and Mary Harley Bowdoin. He was a 1962 graduate from Henry Grady High School where he was a member of the JROTC. He earned a Bachelor's degree from North Georgia College while serving as a member of Brigade Staff of the Cadet Corps. Upon graduation in 1966, he was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Regular Army in the Armor Branch. He served two tours in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart for wounds received in action in 1967. He had a distinguished military career serving three tours in the Pentagon assigned to the Officer of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Army Chief of Staff for Intelligence, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retiring from the United States Army in 1984. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1984 with Highest Distinction. Among his multiple service awards were three Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palms. He earned a Master's in Systems Management from the University of Southern California (1975) and a Master's in Public Health from the University of South Florida (1989). Known as "Dan the Meal Plan Man," he was a beloved member of the Food Services Department at the University of Georgia, retiring in 2014.

Major (Ret.) Bowdoin is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Tull Bowdoin; daughter, Elizabeth Marie "Libby" Bowdoin; son, David Parker Bowdoin (Beth); sister, Karen Bowdoin Burnette (Steve); and grandchildren, Andrew and Madison Fouch.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 31 from 5-7 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 1 p.m. at Beech Haven Baptist Church with Dr. David Mills and Dr. Stewart Simms officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Dan Bowdoin, be made to Beech Haven Baptist Church, 2390 West Broad St., Athens, GA 30606 or the Athens Chapter Military Officers Association of American (MOAA), P.O. Box 48779, Athens, GA 30604-8779.

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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Maj. (Ret.) Charles Daniel "Dan" Bowdoin Jr.

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Matthew Delk

September 23, 2017

I only saw Dan once or twice a year at Scouting events, but he always took time to speak with me. I will miss seeing him here on Earth. God bless you all. Yours in Scouting, Matthew Delk

Jaclynn Williams

February 2, 2017

Carol, I was so very sorry to hear about your losing Dan. You and he were a great team, he always had your back. David & I love you both, speak of you often, and will keep your family in our prayers. Please come stay with us in Lexington the first chance you get! Love always Jaci Williams

Sarah & J-P Frossard

February 2, 2017

We extend our deepest sorrow to Carol, David and Libby at this time. Dan embodied the spirit of Boy Scouting, and served as an example to many. We recollect so many great times spent with Dan, searching for antiques, stamps, and scout patches, as well as exploring new places to eat. These wonderful memories will live on with us. We know he loved his family dearly.

Rest, Brother, we've known you well indeed and now in peace you'll sleep. You have done your work, and done it well, so none of us need weep. In Scouting we will miss your smile and your friendly handclasp but your Master will guide your steps and point the way for you. from the Broken Arrow ceremony, Order of the Arrow.

Jan Whitney

February 1, 2017

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Bowdoin family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dan, however, I do know is daughter. I am sure that he was a wonderful man, as it is mirrored in his daughter. God bless you and ease your pain as you go through this difficult time.

Sarah Frossard

January 31, 2017

George Hilliard

January 31, 2017

It is with great sadness that I just saw where Mr Bowdoin has passed, it was an honor working and being a friend. Dan would always make sure that families in the Reserve units were taken care of. Dan was such a great asset helping me and others during the time of his wife's Reserve units deployment. Dad was a great american and will be missed by many, GOD BLESS

Nancy Harpold

January 31, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

January 31, 2017

May the blessing of peace be with you and yours during this time of sorrow. My prays are with you..Truly
MAJ.Dianne Thomas US Army (ret)

Darren Williams

January 31, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Rita Ferguson

January 29, 2017

May your special memories bring peace and comfort during this time. My condolences to Carol and family. With love-