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Clarence "Bud" McGowan, 92, Batesville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Michigan.
Born in Queens, New York, Bud was the son of Clarence and Natalie McGowan.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA history) and Columbia Law School. While at the University of Michigan, he met Jane Thoms (BS chemistry). They were married on Aug. 28, 1948, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
Bud practiced law in New York City — both in private practice and as a corporate attorney. While in private practice, he was able to plead a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He spent 25 years at Mobil Oil as a senior attorney in the international division, including spending four years living in London.
Bud served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 95th Infantry Division. He received a battlefield commission in 1944 after the Battle of Metz, where he was also awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Bud spent much of his working life overseas. He traveled to over 100 countries in every continent (except Antarctica). He and his wife, Jane, especially loved their years in London. In 2014, Bud and his two sons, Doug and Ron, took a trip to Greece and Turkey. They spent several days in Istanbul as well as Athens, which was Bud's favorite city from his days at Mobil Oil. In addition, they toured several of the Greek islands.
Bud is survived by his sister Janet Smith, Batesville; and his sons Douglas McGowan (Deborah Geiger), Saratoga, California, and Ronald McGowan (Debbie), Ithaca, Michigan. He has three grandchildren: Jeffrey McGowan (Mary Maurer), Okemos, Michigan; Laura McGowan, Boulder, Colorado; and Peter McGowan, Ithaca, Michigan. Bud recently became a great-grandfather to twins: Gavin and Kirra McGowan, Okemos, Michigan.
Memorial services will be at St. John's United Church of Christ, Batesville, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. He will be buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, next to his beloved wife Jane.
Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be posted at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 14, 2017
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