Susan Woodson Bowen, 92, of Blacksburg died at home on Wednesday. She was born in Rich Creek, Va on January 10, 1925, the only child of William O. Woodson and Virginia Nowlin Woodson. After attending the Giles County schools, she graduated from Roanoke College (B.S) and UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D.).
Her first employment was at the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge during the last year of World War II. After the war she worked for 33 years as a chemist at Radford Army Ammunition Plant, retiring in 1985.
She was family historian and genealogist, and in retirement her major interests included her recipe collection, photography and wildflower propagation.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, J.W. Bowen of Blacksburg, son Jim of Charlottesville, daughter Peggy of Blacksburg, and several cousins.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no formal service.