John R. Bowden Jr., 44, a former news and fashion photographer for The Washington Star who later operated his own commercial photography studio, died of an aneurysm Nov. 24 at a nursing home in Elizabeth City, N.C. After The Star closed, Mr. Bowden began to do editorial and commercial photography. He renovated an old warehouse on Capitol Hill and opened "The John Bowden Studio."
Mr. Bowden, who lived in Washington, was stricken on Oct. 23 while traveling in Culpeper, Va. He was taken to Elizabeth City last week for long-term care.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Bowden grew up in the Washington area and attended American University. He began working part-time for an Arlington photographer as a youngster and continued through his college years.