Dr. Harold Eugene BOWMAN

BOWMAN - Dr. Harold Eugene Age 77, of Leesburg, Florida, passed away suddenly at his home, on September 24, 2012. Harold was born January 19, 1935 in Smock, Pennsylvania, one of six children born to Herman and Della Bowman. He graduated salutatorian of his high school class, and then received his Bachelor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, Masters from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Harold is survived by his wife of 55 years, Priscilla S. Bowman; his son Brent (Wendy) Bowman of Atlanta, GA; predeceased by his son Bryce (Anita) Bowman, Atlanta, GA and a daughter Jill (David) Nocera, Rochester, NY. Harold began a career in Education in New York State. He taught in Greece, NY. Spent two years at the American School in Japan and upon his return to Greece was Curriculum Coordinator for the district. In 1975, Harold became Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Lockport, NY and in 1982 was promoted to Superintendent of Schools for the Lockport City School District. In January of 1985, Harold was appointed District Superintendent of the Board of Cooperative Education in Stanley, NY. He worked for the New York Commissioner of Education and provided leadership to District School Systems in the Wayne Finger Lakes region that encompassed five counties, 26 school districts and 43,000 students.Throughout his career he received numerous awards including; Award of Excellence for continuous service to the community by the United Way; Great Appreciation for outstanding leadership and service on behalf of Whole Languages across New York State; Governance Award for significant contributions to the Governance of the Finger Lakes Regional Education Center as Chairman 1988-1993; New York State Council of School Superintendents tribute for exemplary service to the children of New York State and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee; an award for appreciation in 1993 for inspired visionary leadership involving commitment to the education of the people of the Wayne Finger Lakes Region and uncompromising dedication to the mission of that organization. Harold was the fifth of the six Bowman children; he is survived by all of his siblings, Gertrude (Curt) Kenney, Yorktown, VA; Evelyn (John) Tucker, Uniontown, PA; brothers Herman (Doris) Bowman, Orchard Park, NY; Orrin (Mary Alice) Bowman, Honeoye, NY; Clifton (Margaret) Bowman, Jamestown, NY and numerous nieces and nephews. Harold was beloved by countless friends, admired for his accomplishments and for his sweet spirit and friendship. He was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, Leesburg, FL. A celebration in Harold's memory will be held on October 20, 2012 at the Manor in The Planation, Leesburg, FL at 10:30 AM. A memory celebration will be held at the bi-annual gathering of the Bowman's in Uniontown, PA, on November 7, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Roberts Wesleyan College, Office of Planned Giving, 2301 Westside Dr., Rochester, NY 14624, In memory of Harold E. Bowman.


Published in the Buffalo News on Sept. 30, 2012