October 30, 2009 09:38 Age: 4 yrs

Henry L. Bowden Jr. Honored with the Emory Medal

Emory Law Distinguished Alumnus Henry L. Bowden Jr. 74L is a 2009 recipient of the Emory Medal, the highest University award for alumni. He and the other recipient, Arthur Keys 92T, will be honored at a black-tie ceremony at Emory on Friday, Oct. 30.

Bowden Jr. was nominated by his wife, Jeanne Johnson Bowden 77L, for his service to Emory and Atlanta.

“To receive the Medal is an honor,” said Bowden Jr. “It is as much an honor to be nominated by your spouse, who knows you warts and all. I’m touched that she thinks that well of me.”

Bowden Jr. has served as lifetime trustee since November 1986, when he was appointed at age 37. He is chair of the board’s Real Estate, Buildings and Grounds Committee, past chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. He also has chaired the University’s Gift Planning Committee, an advisory panel for the Department of Development and Alumni Relations.

“It would be accurate to say that there are not many days in the year when he has not done something that promotes Emory University or provides support to the greater Emory community,” Bowden 77L said in her nomination letter.

“Henry’s commitment to Emory Law, the University and the Atlanta community is inspiring,” Dean David F. Partlett said. “His continued service to this institution sets the bar high for our students and alumni.”

Bowden continues his family’s tradition of service to the University. His father, Henry L. Bowden 32C 34L 59H, served as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1958 to 1979. Scholarships in his parents’ names are awarded by Emory Law, Emory College and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

“I enjoy getting involved with an institution that means so much to me, my family and larger community,” Bowden Jr. said. “Emory is a worthwhile institution in which to become engaged. It is a top 20 research university with top 20 law and medical schools.”

Professionally, he is partner at the firm he founded, Bowden-Spratt Law Firm, which specializes in estate planning and administration, charitable gift planning and representation of tax-exempt organizations.

In addition to his work as a trustee for Emory, Bowden Jr. is past president of the Emory Law Alumni Association (1986-87) and served as an adjunct professor for the school’s tax program from 1982 to 1987. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2005.

Bowden Jr. plays an active role in the Atlanta community, having served as chair of the Atlanta Ballet, the Historic Oakland Foundation, in various bar associations and community organizations. He is the recipient of the 2006 Greater Good Award from the Georgia Planned Giving Council.

Bowden Jr. joins his father and 27 other law alumni as Emory Medalists. Awarded annually by the Emory Alumni Association, the Emory Alumni Board selects medalists for their accomplishments in service to Emory, the alumni association or constituent alumni association, community or public service and business, the arts, the professions, government or education.

Learn more about the Emory Medal and past recipients.

Emory Medalists from Emory Law

2001    Leah J. Sears 80L
2000    Patricia Dwinnell Butler 31L
1998    Anthony A. Alaimo 48L
1997    Glenda A. Hatchett 77L
           Ben F. Johnson Jr. 36C 40L
           Nancy Rankin Tarbutton 57C
1996    Tillie Kidd Fowler 64C 67L
1995    Felker W. Ward Jr. 71L
1994    J. Ben Shapiro 64C 67L
1992    Thelma Wyatt Cummings 71L
1989    Robert T. Thompson Sr. 51C 52L
1988    Marvin S. Arrington 67L
           G. Conley Ingram 49C 51L
           Sam A. Nunn Jr. 61C 62L
1986    J. Robin Harris 48C 49L
1984    Thomas E. Bryant 58C 62M 67L
1978    Gardner B. Allen 28C 30G 33L
1976    Paul H. Anderson 38C 40L
1975    M. Erle Phillips Jr. 41B 48L
1972    Robert Sterling Wiggins 36C 39L
1969    Boisfeuillet Jones 34C 37L
           Randolph William Thrower 34C 36L
           Robert Fleming Whitaker 26C 27L
1967    John Pollard Turman 34C 35L
1963    Emmett Beard Cartledge Jr. 31C 33L
1960    Aubrey Fairfax Folts 26C 27L
1956    Henry Lumpkin Bowden 32C 34L
1949    Granger Hansell 22C 24L

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