HENRY A. BOWMAN
Henry A. Bowman, professor emeritus of sociology, died
on December 1, 1977, in Colorado City, Texas. He was 74.
Professor Bowman was born on July 19, 1903, in Cleveland,
Ohio. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Western Reserve University
in 1927 and was awarded his master's degree from the same institution
in 1929. He received his PhD degree in 1931 from Yale University, where
he was a Sterling Research Fellow. Prior to joining the faculty of The
University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Bowman taught at Stephens College
from 1931 to 1955.
Professor Bowman taught at the University from 1955
until 1969. His courses on marriage and the family, the field in which
he was an internationally recognized authority, were among the most
popular offered by the University, attracting more than 500 students
each semester. Dr. Bowman was the author of Marriage for Moderns,
a textbook widely used in the United States and translated into several
foreign languages. The book sold more than a quarter of a million copies.
He also published A Christian Interpretation of Marriage and
In 1967 Professor Bowman was honored with the Osborne
Teaching Award from the National Council on Family Relations. He also
earned a teaching excellence award from the Student's Association of
the University. Dr. Bowman was a Fellow of the American Sociological
Association and the American Association of Marriage Counselors. A long-time
consultant to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, he was co-winner
of the first award for excellence given by the Texas Council on Family
Relations. The honor is now known as the Moore-Bowman Award.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa
Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.