The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 769

Builder Identification

Baltimore, Maryland, from 1950s to 1990s.

Additional Notes

  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, February 11, 2018. -

    Albert D. Bowders was self-employed as a pipe organ repair and service man. He operated his business as "Albert Bowders Pipe Organ Company" of Baltimore, Maryland for nearly 40 years. He learned the craft starting as a teen by working summers at M.P. Möller, Inc. where his father, Merle Bowders, also worked.

    Albert Bowders died Friday, September 15, 2017, at age 87. Born December 22, 1929 in Greencastle, PA, he was the son of the late Merle and Gladys (Wallech) Bowders. He married Hilda R. (Recard)) Bowders on October 25, 1953. The couple had two sons, Alan and Dennis. Alan continues to operate the family business.

    Albert Bowders was a 1948 graduate of Greencastle High School and was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951-1953. Albert attended the Trinity United Church of Christ of State Line.


    • "Albert Bowders" obituary, Afterlife[online database] date not given but would have been around September 16 2017,
    • E-mail from Mark Hurley, February, 18, 2018.

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    In Baltimore, Maryland; purchased organ supplies, c. 1980s.


    • A mailing list of purchasers of organ supplies compiled by several prominent firms. The entries that appear in this list are of undetermined date and may not necessarily represent organbuilders.

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by Albert Bowders Pipe Organ Company.

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