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June 24, 2019

Former CBE department chair Bowen passes away

Written By: Sam Million-Weaver

Jewell Ray Bowen, a valued member of the chemical and biological engineering faculty from 1963-1980, died April 15, 2019, at age 85.

Nationally recognized for his research on the chemical engineering of combustion, Bowen served on the leadership councils of several professional scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Engineering Education. During his time at UW-Madison, Bowen served as CBE department chair twice, first leading the department from 1971-1973 and a second term from 1978-1980.

He also contributed to campus-wide leadership in his role as UW-Madison associate vice chancellor from 1972-1976. Later in his career, Bowen also was dean of engineering for 15 years at the University of Washington. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla, and his three children, Jewell Ray, Sandra and Susan.