The John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation began on November 19, 1964, as a nonprofit corporation in Delaware. The corporation to honor her late husband was created by Pearl Gunn Fowler shortly before she died, and her estate funded the newly created Foundation.
John Edward Fowler was born in Lake City, Minnesota October 13, 1876, the son of John C. Fowler and Abbie Gould Fowler. John was a descendent of General Amos Fowler, a member of General George Washington’s staff during the American Revolution War.
At age eight, John’s family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he lived until 1920. He married Pearl Gunn, a debutante in Richmond, a beautiful woman and an artist’s model. They had one daughter, Dorothy Gould Fowler. The John Edward Fowler family moved to the District of Columbia in 1920.