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William Bowen WEST ARLINGTON, VT William Henry Bowen, formerly of Lexington, Mass., passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, after a brief battle with leukemia. He celebrated his 79th birthday on Sept. 4th with his family. He leaves his wife of 50 years Barbara A. Starnes Bowen, his daughter Elizabeth A. Bowen Helder, her husband Mark, and their daughter Sarah of Holden, Mass., and his son Bradford C. Bowen, his wife Tracey, and their twins Colby and Kaitlyn of West Arlington, Vt. Mr. Bowen was born in Bellows Falls, Vt., Sept. 4, 1930, son of Clark H. and Helen Black Bowen. Mr. Bowen spent a great deal of his youth in Bennington and Arlington, Vt., living with his close relatives Henry and Margaret Bowen Bradford. A graduate of Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass., he received an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Tufts University. While on campus, he was a member of Delta Upsilon and later served as chairman of its Alumni Association. After doing master's work at the University of Texas, Austin, Mr. Bowen served during the Korean War and attended the Artillery School's OCS Program at Fort Sill. He taught with the First Guided Missile Brigade at Fort Bliss and White Sands, where his unit trained the first six Nike Batteries for defense of U.S. cities. Mr. Bowen began his business career in Boston, spending 10 years as personnel manager for the Boston operation of W.R. Grace. In 1970, he founded Bowen & Berndt, an executive search and placement firm in Lexington, Mass., which he operated for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodges in both Massachusetts and Vermont, and was a Thirty-Second Degree Shriner. Retiring to Vermont in the early 90's, Mr. Bowen served as a volunteer with the Martha Canfield Memorial Library (favoring the Book Tent), the Federated Church of East Arlington, and as a docent with Hildene for many years. A voracious reader, he spent many favorable hours within the Martha Canfield Memorial Library. A military history buff, he and his devoted wife spent time traveling U.S. and European battlefields. They also enjoyed wintering in different coastal areas of the southern U.S. Mr. Bowen was an avid outdoorsman who loved fine guns, hunting, fishing and sailing. He loved motoring around on his four wheeler, clearing trails, exploring his mountain and taking summer dips in the Battenkill. He shared his love of cards and the outdoors with his granddaughter Sarah, spent time each day playing trains with his grandson Colby, and drawing with his granddaughter Kaitlyn. Mr. Bowen was famous for sharing his sense of humor, punctuated with his gleeful laughs. He traveled daily around town with his beloved dogs Lucy and Emma, visiting the many, many friends life had brought him. Mr. Bowen considered one of his life's greatest assets to be the friends he made along his journeys. FUNERAL NOTICE: Arrangements are being made with Eternal Blessings Cremation Services in Guilford, Vermont. A celebration of his life will be held on Nov. 1, 2009, at the Federated Church of East Arlington, Vermont. Donations in Mr. Bowen's name can be made to the Martha Canfield Memorial Library of East Arlington, the Arlington Rescue Squad, or the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 16, 2009
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