Virginia B. Bowers
Virginia was also a great friend and long-standing supporter of the Colonial Albany Project. Having the good fortune to be able to call on her more than two decades of service as city historian, I am certain that she was the most knowledgeable person of her day on the history of Albany - particularly regarding the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She took seriously the public historian's task of answering historical questions about the city of Albany and its people. She was a constant and positive presence at historical gatherings and a wonderful colleague. I thoroughly enjoyed our frequent chats.
Virginia Bowers was the author of a book entitled The Texture of a Neighborhood: Albany's South End, 1880-1940 - published in 1991. She has been the subject of a number of media articles and is often enlisted as a resource person.
A lifelong advocate for her beloved South End, Virginia Bowers died on December 30, 2007. She was a great friend and comrade-in-arms and will be sorely missed. She was eighty-four years young!
Virginia never entered the computer age - no e-mail, no website, no Internet presence. For me personally, that was part of her charm. She had a great and orderly mind and memory! However, I'm certain she would politely take exception to this profile. Gosh, I miss that charming lady!
Virginia Bowers was a life-long history lover! Rising through the banking community to become the first woman bank vice-president in Albany, she later pursued historical studies at the College of St. Rose where she received an MA in History and Political Science. Her book grew out of a thesis project. Virginia served on a number of boards of Albany historical and community-based organizations. A recent picture of her working with one of those local groups is available online. A www.google.com search reveals some of her many, recent contributions. See also an online guestbook. Her obituary appearing in the Times Union on January 1, 2008 follows:
Virginia B. Bowers Virginia B. Bowers, 84, died Sunday, December 30, 2007, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.
first posted: 12/30/06; last revised 12/23/14