Loren C. Fowler, 89, formerly of Camden, died Dec. 11, 2009, in Georgetown, Texas. He was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Bangor, the son of Clarence Daniel Fowler and Celia Inez Fowler.

Loren, “Bud” to his family and friends, was a man for all seasons. There was nothing that needed inventing or repairing or developing or testing or improving that he couldn’t accomplish, and in record time. He believed in simplicity of design and frequently made a repair or design better than the original.

In his early years he was involved in a variety of careers, some of them at the same time as others. Among other things he worked for a bank, ran a nursing home, owned and operated Old Town Taxi Company and an automobile repair facility. During World War II, after being called up for duty in the field artillery, Bud was released for medical reasons and immediately went to work in the aircraft industry. He became production manager at Pratt and Whitney and AVCO Co. in Connecticut and Jacobs Aircraft in Pennsylvania. In this position he oversaw the assembly and testing of literally thousands of aircraft engines vital to the war effort and used for years thereafter — even today. He also supervised final assembly and testing of both Atlas and Titan booster rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

On his return to his native Maine he became captain and owner operator of the M/V Hippocampus out of Camden. The Hippo performed many missions, including hauling bait for lobstermen, transporting herring scales and carrying the mail to islands in Penobscot Bay. The Hippo later became the research and development platform for Bud’s many inventions and designs in support of marine industries. Among his many accomplishments was the first development of an underwater lighting system, which allowed photography in murky waters and at great depths. The lighting system was used on a wide variety of projects, such as the examination of a damaged fuel pier in Bucksport, the verification of correct positioning of a new waterline across the Kennebec River in Bath, a search for clues and possible treasure in the “Money Pit” in Nova Scotia, Canada, many underwater searches for lost valuables, boats, moorings, etc. up and down the Maine coast, and underwater research projects for Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. Bud also salvaged miles of heavy duty copper electrical wire, which spanned Penobscot Bay from the mainland to offshore islands.

As vice president-engineering of Coastal Engineering Industries of Camden, Bud designed, developed and tested the first-ever conversion for marine use of a line of John Deere diesel engines. He designed a massive lathe used to repair and metalize more than a dozen 19-inch vacuum dryer shaft journals for SeaPro Inc., a Rockland processing plant. He also performed a wide assortment of repair and rebuilding projects in support of fishermen and other marine interests in Coastal Maine.

In his middle years, Bud became an expert at recording electronics, including transcribing photographs, tapes and moving pictures into digital format. He also recorded major events such as Challenger launches at Cape Canaveral, Fla.. He prepared taped studies of major Maine events such as the Ellsworth Fire of 1933. Bud also prepared a series of entertainment tapes for use in nursing homes and additional tapes of interesting events and places to be provided to the troops in the Iraq War. All of these tapes were offered free of charge.

Bud gave generously of his time throughout his life and frequently lent an expert and helping hand to someone in need.

He is survived by his daughters, Lorraine Garrick and Janice McQuillen, both of Georgetown, Texas; his grandchildren, Bruce Daniel Fowler of Benton, Steven Loren Fowler of Portland, Daniel Steven Garrick of Georgetown, Texas, Kelly Garrick Mireles of Georgetown, Texas, Jonathan James Garrick of Granger, Texas, John Francis Fraser of Georgetown, Texas, Kenneth Loren Fraser of Gautier, Miss., and Lincoln Thomas Fraser of Shawmut, Maine; great-grandchildren Steven, Timothy, Danielle, Amy, Alyxis, Joshua, Skyler, Ryan, Victoria, and Alex; and great-great-grandchildren John and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther; a son, Bruce Daniel; and his second wife, Eleanor.

A memorial service in Camden is to be announced at a later date. Interment is at Cardville Cemetery, in Cardville, Maine.