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James M. Bower

January 18, 1938 October 16, 2018
James M. Bower
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James M. Bower of Providence died on Tuesday October 16th in his 81st year. The son of Marvin and Helen Bower, he was born in New York City and spent his early years in Bronxville, NY, graduating from Bronxville High School. He was a 1960 graduate of Brown University, where he played football. He received a master’s degree in English from Ohio University in 1965.
He was an educator for over 50 years, including a year in Lima, Peru’s Colegio Roosevelt, 15 years as headmaster of Dedham Country Day School, and several years as head of charter schools in Massachusetts. He concluded his career with a 15-year involvement with The San Miguel School in Providence in roles ranging from English and geography teacher, to director of admissions, and baseball and chess coach.
Jim served on the board of the Genesis Center, including a term as its head, and on the board of Family Service of Rhode Island. He had recently joined the Hamilton House board.
More than 40 summers were spent at his home in Castine, Maine. His enthusiasm for life was rewarded by the friends and singular beauty of the town. A game of golf and tennis or a sail in his Cape Dory Bobolink were among his many memories.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, and his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Athanason, his three grandchildren, Zoe, Nicholas and James (Dima), and his brother Richard. His brother, Peter, pre-deceased him in 1999.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday October 27th at 11am at the Manning Chapel at Brown University. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The San Miguel School, 525 Branch Ave. Providence, RI 02904.
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