James D. Fowler, Jr. of Ashburn, VA passed away peacefully on February 11, 2022 at the age of 77 with his family at his side.
A native of Washington, DC, Jim was born on April 24, 1944 and attended schools around the world as a member of a military family. In 1962, he graduated from Baltimore City College High School in Maryland. After a year at Howard University, Jim was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1967. This achievement made him the first African American to graduate from USMA whose parent had also graduated. On May 25, 1968,
Jim and Linda Raiford were married and made a home in Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Their first child, Kimberly, was born in 1969, 9 days before Jim left for a tour of duty in Vietnam. He served four years in the Army then resigned his commission and began a corporate career at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY. In 1971, Jim and Linda’s son, Scott, was born and, while fully employed, Jim earned his MBA at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1976, Jim joined ITT Corporation. He held positions of increasing responsibility for 20 years, first at ITT headquarters in New York City, then relocating to Minneapolis, MN where he eventually was named Executive Vice President and Director of Administration at ITT Consumer Financial Corporation. From 1993 to 1996, he was Director of Government Relations in the Corporation’s Washington office. Jim formed his own consulting firm in 1996, then rejoined ITT in 2000 as Senior Vice President and Director, Human Resources for ITT Industries Corporation in White Plains, NY. In that role, he was responsible for global leadership and coordination of human resources policy and initiatives, and served on the company's Executive Council.
Jim also left his mark in the community. He was a founding member of the Executive Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization committed to the development of global black leaders, and later served as Executive Director, and subsequently President, of the organization and its related Foundation. He was a trustee of the United States Military Academy for 2 terms, and served on the Boards of Directors of ITT Educational Services, Inc., Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He also spent time as a member of the Advisory Board and the Corporate Guild of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Blessed with a beautiful voice and athletic prowess, Jim enjoyed singing and playing sports, particularly baseball, basketball and tennis.
After retirement, he loved to spend time boating and crabbing, and took great pride in helping his granddaughters catch their first fish. Jim’s engaging personality and sense of humor helped to make him feel at home wherever life led him.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda, his daughter Kimberly Fowler Luchtenberg (Joseph), his son, Scott Daniel Fowler, two granddaughters, Ashley and Alexandra Luchtenberg, his sister, Dianne Fowler Reason (Joseph Paul), nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Romay Lucas Fowler and James D. Fowler and his younger brother, David L. Fowler (Cynthia).
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or alz.org.
A Memorial Tree was planted for James
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