Kenneth V. Bowers, 61, founder and president of the Bowers Reporting Co. in Falls Church, died of cancer Friday in Gainesville. Fla., where he had lived for about six months.

In late 1970, he established the firm, a technical transcription company, in partnership with his son, John V. Bowers who is vice president.

Mr. Bowers moved to Los Angeles in 1975 to set up the first regional office of the company. A second regional office also has been established in San Francisco.

Born in Washington, Mr. Bowers received his training with Smith & Hulse, General Shorthand Reporters. In 1940, he joined the Alderson Reporting Co. in Washington as a stenotype transcriber. In the late 1950s, he became the company's chief scientific transcriber.

Mr. Bowers was chosen to be one of a reporter-transcriber team to travel with then-Sen. John F. Kennedy on his presidential campaign in 1959. Later he was a member of the Alderson staff serving the White House.

He had been the principal conference reporter for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

Mr. Bowers developed a multimicrophone-monitored tape-recording system now used by his company. He also was the author of a textbook on stenotype note reading.

In addition to his son, of Vienna, he is survived by his wife, John Lou, of the home in Gainesville: another son, William Charles Bowers, of Atlanta and five grandchildren.