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Claggett Bowie ’29

Published in May 16, 1990, issue

CLAG DIED Dec. 10, 1989. He had prepared for college at Episcopal High in Washington.

He played freshman baseball at Princeton. He graduŽated from Harvard Law in 1933 and practiced for a few years, but in 1942 went with the Glenn Martin Co. (later Martin Marietta) as a research engineer, staying there until 1967 when he went with Computer Science Inc. in Falls Church as a computer program analyst. He worked there until his retirement. Besides sports, his main inŽterest was mathematics (his Princeton major), which contributed both to his professional computer work and also to his national distinction as a bridge player. He taught mathematics at Johns Hopkins for a couple of years. At Martin, Clag developed a method of coordinatŽing all the geometry of a given airplane into one system, thus simplifying the drafting of wings and fuselages.

In 1949 Clag won the National Senior Master's IndiŽvidual Bridge Championship, and he was designated a life master in that year. He won the Keystone Conference Open Pairs and the Goldman Open Pairs. He won more than 50 state and regional titles altogether. He is credŽited with having invented the "queen over jack rubber bridge theory," in the Official Encyclopedia of Bridge.

In 1935 Clag married Olivia Goode Coulter, and she survives, together with their daughter, Starr Elizabeth, and two sons, William Claggett and James Coulter.

The Class extends sincere sympathy to Clag's family.

The Class of 1929

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