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.
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