Bowie & Jensen Founder Robert R. Bowie, Jr. Concludes His Term as the President of the Harvard Alumni Association

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Bowie, Harvard '73, was elected as President of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2010. The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has 360,000 members and supports over 181 Harvard Clubs in more than 80 countries throughout the world.

Robert R. Bowie, Jr.

Bowie, Harvard '73, was elected as President of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2010. The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has 360,000 members and supports over 181 Harvard Clubs in more than 80 countries throughout the world.

Bowie & Jensen firm founder, Robert R. Bowie, Jr. is completing his year as President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Bowie, Harvard '73, was elected as President of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2010. The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has 360,000 members and supports over 181 Harvard Clubs in more than 80 countries throughout the world.

Mr. Bowie officiated over the HAA’s afternoon graduation exercises last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his remarks he recounted the story of how he became connected to Harvard and the importance of the alumni association in his life.

He began by saying he was a transfer student who chose to live off campus. His father Robert R. Bowie, Sr., who is 101 and living in Towson, Md., questioned his decision. Mr. Bowie’s father told him that one of the great benefits of Harvard is its students; students who come from all walks of life, economic backgrounds and from all over the world. Mr. Bowie’s father added that Mr. Bowie would learn as much at lunch and dinner from his fellow classmates as he would in the class lectures. By living off campus, Mr. Bowie’s father said, he was losing one of the great benefits of the university’s education.

It took Mr. Bowie 20 years to reach out to the HAA. He began by joining the Harvard Club of Maryland and doing schools and scholarships work and in 2000 was offered a chance to do work for the Alumni Association in Cambridge.

Mr. Bowie recounted that with some trepidation he made his first introduction to a group of alumni he’d never met before and much to his surprise found that he was welcomed in to the conversation immediately. He said that for the last 10 years every time that he has put his hand to meet other alumni, the welcoming was warm and inclusive.

He added that he had the same experience the last two years when he traveled internationally for the alumni association. Mr. Bowie had the chance to meet alumni all over the world in countries including France, Syria, Lebanon, China, Greece, Laos and Indonesia.

A year ago when he spoke to the 2010 senior class he said “there are a profound set of emotions when you leave college -- excitement and sometimes fear. There is also a little sadness when you look back at your empty dorm room as you leave for the last time," Mr. Bowie added. "Students work incredibly hard to get into college and earn their degrees.” And he emphasized the HAA offered these students and all alumni the opportunity to continue their education and join the larger alumni community world wide to expand their university connection. He spent this year as President of the HAA encouraging alumni connections both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Bowie's work with the Harvard Alumni Association spans 30 years. Mr. Bowie has previously served as the First Vice President of the HAA, Vice President of Engagement and Marketing and College Affairs. He also served as Committee Chair of the HAA Schools and Scholarships Committee.

A key participant and former board member of the Harvard Club of Maryland, he has served as Chair of its Schools and Scholarships Committee and is the Founder of the HAA Early College Awareness Program, which reaches out to 7th and 8th grade students of less advantaged backgrounds, along with their parents or guardians, who have not traditionally thought of college as an option.

Mr. Bowie also received an Excellence Merit Award for Baltimore County on behalf of his work with the Early College Awareness program that he started in Maryland for the HAA in the 1990s. Over the last 20 years the Early College Awareness program has spread across the US.

Mr. Bowie, a seasoned business litigator, leads Bowie & Jensen's Litigation Department and is also a playwright and poet. Eight of his plays have been performed and his most recent poems, Sonnet Cycle, consisting of 52 sonnets written one a week for a year, are posted on his personal web page, http://www.bowie.com.

Mr. Bowie's term as President of the HAA ends July 1, 2011.
About Bowie & Jensen Bowie & Jensen is a Maryland-based law firm with attorneys representing clients around the world. Bowie & Jensen focuses on Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Intellectual Property, Real Estate Law, Employment Law, Estates & Trusts, Tax and Construction Law. For more information on Bowie & Jensen, please visit http://www.bowie-jensen.com.

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