After several battles with cancer, Sue Ann Bowling, longtime resident of Fairbanks and North Pole, passed quietly away Nov. 25, 2014. Her good friend, Sheila Dailey, was at her side.
Born Feb. 26, 1941, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Theodore and Nadine Nicholas Bowling, Sue Ann spent most of her growing years in Wichita, Kansas. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and in 1963, moved to Fairbanks to further her studies at the Geophysical Institute. She was the first woman graduate student as well as the first woman to receive a doctorate degree at the Geophysical Institute. Sue Ann was the first director of the Alaska Climate Center. After a post doctoral fellowship at NCAR, she returned to the Geophysical Institute and joined the faculty.
Sue had many interests in life. She was a voracious reader, an avid gardener, loved animals, snowflakes and outer space. As an active member of the Fairbanks Community Writers Group and the Alaska Writers Guild, she enjoyed writing and collaborating with other authors. She took part in readings sponsored by the Fairbanks Arts Association. Sue was a longtime supporter of the KUAC PBS station and a member of the Tanana Valley Kennel Club. As a member of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association, she did a great deal of research into canine color genetics of Shetland Sheepdogs (http://bowlingsite.mcf.com
After 30 years of teaching and research at the Geophysical Institute, she retired in order to spend more time writing. In 2010, she published "Homecoming," the first book in a science-fiction series. Subsequently, "Tourist Trap," second in the series, was published in 2012.
She is survived by her sisters, Carol Bowling Baer (Richard), of Ithaca, New York, and Jean Bowling Perry (David), of Sierra Vista, Arizona; a nephew, Michael Perry (Rebecca), of Reno, Nevada; and a niece, Carin Perry Leffler (Kevin), of Altadena, California.
The family will hold a memorial gathering for her friends in the Fairbanks area at 5 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Raven Landing, 1222 Cowles St.
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