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Frank P. Bowman ’49

Frank Paul Bowman ’49, November 14, 2006, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Frank received a BA from Reed in French, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MA in 1952 and a PhD in 1955 from Yale University in French romantic literature, and taught at UC Berkeley for nine years. Aspects of Romanticism, a course he developed during that time, is one that he continued to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, to which he transferred in 1963. During his career with the university, he wrote nine books, and was awarded two Guggenheim fellowships and a fellowship for independent study and research by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He retired in 1991, but remained at the university for two additional years, serving as founding director of its French Institute for Culture and Technology. His career included visiting positions at Haverford College, the University of Paris, and Princeton University. Frank enjoyed the study of religion, classical music, and was a member of the vestry of St. Clement Episcopal Church. His library of nearly 8,000 books is one of his gifts to Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2007

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