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Harold BOWEN Jr.


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Harold BOWEN Jr. Obituary
BOWEN, Jr., Harold Jenkins June 17, 1930 - January 4, 2018 Harold Jenkins Bowen, Jr., of Atlanta, Georgia and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; treasured husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at home on January 4. Born 1930 in Charleston, SC, he was the son of Dr. Harold Jenkins Bowen and Harriet Rhett Maybank Bowen. After service in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 2nd Marine Division, he graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in economics. At UNC he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Gorgon's Head Lodge. It was there that he met a group of lifelong friends who affectionately nicknamed him "The Count" because of his ability to appear refined and elegant in any circumstance. It was also at Chapel Hill that he met his wife DuVal. He began his business career in Chicago, IL in 1956 where he worked with the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company and later as a financial analyst with Allstate Insurance Company. In 1961 the family moved to Atlanta, where he served as a senior executive at several major financial organizations. In 1972 he organized the investment counseling firm that eventually became Bowen, Hanes & Company, Inc., which is now headquartered in Atlanta with an office in Winston-Salem, NC. He served as president and CEO for twenty-eight years, and then as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus. He belonged to a number of professional organizations, including the New York Society of Security Analysts; was a charter member of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts, and an original fellow of the Financial Analysts federation. The unprecedented success of the investment approach he developed while managing the Tampa Firefighters' and Police Officers' Pension Fund received national recognition, eventually entering the industry lexicon to be known as "the Tampa model." He was benefactor to a wide variety of organizations with particular emphasis on those involved with health, education and historic preservation. An ardent student of history and defender of liberty, he supported a variety of public policy foundations that shared his sympathies. He dedicated the last thirty years of his life to caring for his wife and worked tirelessly to provide her with independence and meaning. He found the best medical team in the country to care for her and funded the Harold and DuVal Bowen Physician-Scientist Fund in Rheumatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Among his other interests was the Aiken-Rhett House and Museum in Charleston, SC, his ancestral home. He belonged to numerous clubs and social organizations and was active in the Capital City Club and Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, the St. Cecelia Society of Charleston, S.C., and the Society of Colonial Wars in South Carolina and Georgia. He will be remembered for his quick wit as well as his love of Frito's, vanilla ice cream and bacon. He questioned conventional wisdom and managed to find a creative solution to any problem. He delighted in his seven grandchildren and spent much time imparting his great wisdom, advice and humor, helping to steer them into adulthood. He lived a life of grace and quiet dignity, and left this world in the same manner. He will be sorely missed and his profound impact will resonate for generations to come. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, DuVal Owens Bowen; his daughter Laura Bowen Alby of Atlanta and her husband Greg Alby, their children Glenn and Rhett Alby, Eleanor Alby Hunt and her husband Stuart Hunt; his son Harold J. Bowen III of Atlanta and his wife, Marcie Bowen, and their children DuVal and William Bowen; and daughter Catherine Bowen Stern of Mill Valley, CA, her husband Greg Stern, and their children Lillian and Eva Stern. A service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, immediately followed by a reception at the Piedmont Driving Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aiken Rhett House and the Harold and DuVal Bowen Physician-Scientist Fund.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2018
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