James F. Bowers

James F. Bowers
Residing In: Columbus, OH

Jim Bowers, one of our College Hill classmates at WHS in 1961, was diagnosed with vascular dementia about 2.5 years ago. He has been in a nursing home since mid-2013. Vascular dementia is similar to Alzheimer's disease, but has different causes. Symptoms are very similar with loss of memory, ambulatory difficulties, speech difficulties and sometimes total inability to speak. Jim's disease has been managed well with meds, but in the last 4/5 months the disease symptoms have been more difficult to manage. Hopefully the Docs will be able to change his meds to more effectively manage the symptoms, but this disease is a progressive one, so Jim needs all the help that he can get. Jim was also recently diagnosed with lymphoma which the docs have determined should not be treated due to his current physical condition. Hospice has been brought in for additional care recently. Jim is responding well to the added attention from the Hospice care workers as he has been up and around talking to other residents of the nursing home.

Jim participated in numerous activities at Woodward including Hi-Y, Bulldog Barks, Council on World Affairs, French Club and he also was Basketball Manager. During his years at WHS, Jim "dabbled" in pencil sketching and after WHS he wrote short stories under a pseudonym. For those of you who knew him well, you will recall that his mother, Helen, taught business classes at Woodward. Jim's father, Paul, was also a teacher but he taught at Hughes High School, refereed high school football games, and was a Hamilton County park ranger at Winton Woods part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer.

Jim was a great friend of many Collegehillians from his time at College Hill Elementary School, thru Schwab Junior High and Woodward. Jim and I kept in contact over all the years after WHS, seeing each other as frequently as possible, pretty much yearly. When I visited family in the Cincinnati area, we'd get together to talk and reminisce about old times until I moved to N.C. We then kept in phone contact a couple times a year. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim, and I hope that yours are too.
Barry Fielman
Raleigh NC

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Joyce Romer has left an In Memory comment for Profile.
Jan 01, 2016 at 12:33 PM

I remember Jim as being very quiet and proper. Wasn't Jim's mother a teacher at Woodward? I think Jim started out at Hanover but did not graduate from Hanover. (?) I graduated from Hanover in 1965 and don't remember him in my class.

Very nice tribute, Barry! 

Judith Ann Miller Runnels has left an In Memory comment for Profile.
Jan 01, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Barry Fieldman:

You wrote a beautiful tribute to James (Jim) Bowers! Thank you for teaching me about a boy who lived on the street I grew up on, but hardly knew.. (so you were kidding about being a poor writter!) His Mom WAS a teacher at Woodward, I had her for Sales and merchadising! It sounded easy, and since my Mom and Helen played bridge together it seemed like a good move. (It was...She gave me A's!)

More proof that still waters run deep! I hope somehow Jim was able to read what you wrote. If so, I'd bet he loved it....I would have!

Judy Miller (Runnels)

Hazel Straus Goldberg has left an In Memory comment for Profile.
Dec 31, 2015 at 4:33 PM


Beautifully written Barry