Former GSE Dean Larry Bowen Dies

Posted: April 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Larry Bowen, former dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), died on April 14 after a long illness.

Bowen joined Mason in 1975 as professor and chairman of the Education Department and played a major role in the development of the university. “Larry was the kind of person around whom institutions form themselves,” says President Emeritus George Johnson. “His indomitable optimism and willingness to embrace new things are the kind of characteristics that helped build this university.”

Beginning in 1978, Bowen served as dean of the College of Professional Studies, then the College of Education and Human Services, and finally GSE. He retired from the school in 1991 and was elected dean emeritus.

“Larry was one of the real welcomers as I arrived at George Mason,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “More important, he remained a consistent source of imaginative ideas about reaching out to students who, without some special attention, might not make it to, or in, college. We’ll be working on his agenda for many years, and we’ll be a better institution for it. We’ll miss him, even as we remember his eagerness to educate.”

Prior to joining Mason, Bowen was an elementary and intermediate school teacher and principal in the San Francisco Bay area. He also was a general curriculum consultant for a California county office of education and a faculty member at the University of Virginia and Southeastern Louisiana University.

The funeral service for Bowen was held on Saturday, April 19, at Fairfax Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Virginia Chapter, 2101 Executive Drive, Box 21, Hampton, Va 23666; The Hospices of the National Capital Region, 9300 Lee Highway, Suite 500, Fairfax, Va 22031; or the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy and acknowledgments can be sent to Catherine Bowen and family, 10017 Wildwood Street, Fairfax, Va 22032.

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