As NPS is preparing for the beginning of the school year on Tuesday, we are also marking the passing of one of our founders, Shirley Fowler, who passed away on August 4. Mrs. Fowler was a great friend to our school and we join with her family and the congregation of National Presbyterian Church to mourn her passing and celebrate her life.
In 2004, when NPS was celebrating its 35th anniversary, a group of students formed a Historians Club under the leadership of veteran teacher Diane McEldowney. One task of the club was to interview people of importance in our school's history. Mrs. Fowler sat down with the students and gave them insights of NPS in the early days including hiring the first director, Pat Cunningham, recruiting the first teachers and students, and even building and painting the bookshelves with the other founders in order to stay within the school's small initial budget. For more than 40 years following that painting project, Mrs. Fowler remained active in the NPS community, serving on the Board of Trustees, supporting Annual Giving, and attending school events.
The students, families, and teachers of National Presbyterian School are forever grateful for her dedication, support, and friendship. As one of the student historians wrote in 2004, "if she hadn't been here in the beginning, maybe we wouldn't be here now."
A memorial service for Mrs. Fowler will be held today, September 2, at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of the Presidents. Learn more about her and read a full obituary here.
Photo: Mrs. Fowler with Jim Anderson, NPC Director of Library and Archives at the NPS 40th Anniversary Party in 2010