Fred Bowis, formerly of Chevy Chase Cars, honored posthumously for his extraordinary life

Fred Bowis, formerly of Chevy Chase Cars, honored posthumously for his extraordinary life [/CENTER

Fred Bowis, formerly of Chevy Chase Cars, who followed his father, Art, into the family business and was succeeded by his son, John, was honored posthumously last week by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Foundation with admission to its Hall of Fame for his leadership and success in the automobile business.

Joining his father in the business in the late 1950s, after graduating from MIT and getting a law degree from American University, Fred expanded the already successful Chevrolet dealership in Bethesda, MD. He chaired WANADAs Board in 1978-79 and was a TIME Dealer of the Year in 1980. Subsequently, he served on the Board of Maryland Auto Dealers Association and represented Maryland dealers on the NADA Board in the late 1980s. An avid Rotarian, he served as president of his club in Bethesda, where Rotary International honored him with its Best Club President Award. He was honored by the Montgomery County YMCA and was an ordained elder in the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, in Bethesda.

He stepped out of the business in 1991 with failing health, dying before his time in 1993 with early onset of Alzheimers.

Sam Weaver, who chairs MADAs Foundation, presented the award to John, his mother Susan and the rest of the Bowis family at the Foundation dinner, Nov. 8. Fred is the 4th recipient of this award.

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