NML Editorial Board Member H. Woods Bowman Died July 10

The Mandel School extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of H. Woods Bowman, PhD, one of the editorial board members of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, a leading industry journal housed at the school. He died in a car accident in southwest Michigan on Friday, July 10.

“Woods was not only a consummate scholar but also a warm and caring person. His tragic passing is a terrible loss for many people,” said Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore.

A resident of downtown Chicago, H. Woods “Woody” Bowman, 73, was professor emeritus at DePaul University’s School of Public Service and was active in government, serving in the Illinois House from 1976 to 1990 and was Cook County’s chief financial officer from 1991 to 1994. He returned to academia in 1995, becoming an assistant professor at DePaul, where he was recalled as a generous instructor and colleague. Born and raised in Charleston, W. Va., he received a dual degree in physics and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. He received a masters of public administration and a PhD in economics from Syracuse University in the late 1960s.

Dr. Bowman was the Nonprofit Ethicist for Nonprofit Quarterly, which posted a remembrance of him and his impassioned writing here. He had recently retired, and he and his wife, who was critically injured in the crash, were looking forward to exploring new opportunities in their joint retirement.

“Although was remaining quite active in his research, he was enjoying his retirement,” said Mark Hager, PhD, editor-in-chief of Nonprofit Management & Leadership and associate professor of philanthropic studies in the Arizona State University School of Community Resources and Development, who saw Dr. Bowman at an event in Washington, D.C., in late June.