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Thread: Farewell to Bill Bowden Outdoorsman, Wuss Formerly Known as Bushwack Bill, 9/29/07

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    I also had the good fortune of knowing and hiking with Bill many times over the past seven years. We co-led many trips together during that time; yes, mostly bushwhacks, but also one of my winter co-leads. He was the one who for me embodied the art (vs. the science) of bushwhacking, i.e. knowing when to ignore the bearing and just find the best way through the woods. I recall our trip to the Longs where he managed to get us all the way to the summit without really 'whacking' anything.
    I also had the pleasure of working with him on the Four Thousand Footer Committee. He leaves a big set of boots to fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbo
    Lock Street is near the intersection of Amherst St. (route 1010A) and Main Street near downtown Nashua.
    That is 101A (not 1010A) which I am sure most of us would figure out...

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    Bill's obituary

    William Lee 'Bill' Bowden



    William Lee "Bill" Bowden, Ph.D., 60, of Nashua, husband of Phyllis I. (Longanecker) Bowden, died Saturday afternoon, September 29, 2007 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, following a sudden illness. Born in Bonne Terre, Missouri on July 31, 1947, Bill was a son of LaFern (Bales) Bowden of Winston-Salem, NC and the late Wilba Lee Bowden, who died in 1992.

    Mr. Bowden graduated from Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Missouri in 1965, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1969. Bill earned his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1975. He did post doctoral research at the University of Vermont and was known internationally for pioneering in the field of manganese dioxide.

    Bill was employed as a Chemist and Research Fellow by P & G in Needham, MA. When he began with the company 31 years ago, it was PR Mallory and later became Duracell. Mr. Bowden did research for portable power products (batteries). He was proud of the 35 or more US patents he received and a sizeable list of technical publications. The moon land rover was powered by a battery of his design. Mr. Bowden was a member of the ACS and ECS and was a former officer of The Boston Chapter of the ECS.

    Mr. Bowden was an Army veteran, serving as Liaison Sergeant during the Vietnam War. Bill was a voracious reader of diverse subjects including ancient, medieval and modern history; nature, geology, science fiction, archaeology, sports and comedy. Bill made a lot of friends through the NH Chapter of the AMC, hiked almost every weekend, and was active in the organization. He regularly taught at the chapter's spring and summer schools, taught rock climbing and was a hike leader. He was peak-bagger and did the 4000' peaks in the winter and three seasons as well as the New Hampshire and New England 100 Highest and NH 3000 Footers. He was known as "Bush Whack Bill" because of the off trail hiking he did to bag peaks. Bill was a member of the 4000 Footer committee. He was an animal lover and got a lot of enjoyment from his cats and all animals. Bill also enjoyed music and art, visiting museums and sports.

    In addition to his father, Mr. Bowden was predeceased by his daughter, Virginia LaFern "Ginny" Bowden, who died June 11, 2005.

    Members of his family include his wife, Phyllis Irene Bowden, whom he married June 6, 1970 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma; his mother, LaFern Bowden of Winston-Salem, NC; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald W. and Virginia Bowden and their children, William, Stephen, Mary and Julia; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua, on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. His funeral service will be held in the Main Street United Methodist Church, 154 Main St., Nashua, Friday morning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Friends are invited to attend and will gather at the church. Donations may be made in his memory to: The Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, NH 03049, The Kitty Rescue Adoption, P.O. Box 453, Jaffrey, NH 03454-0453 or the Appalachian Mountain Club, attn. Norie Mozzone, 5 Joyce St., Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE.

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    Bill was on my first AMC trip, about 20 years ago. It seems like just yesterday that we were discussing my attempts to buswhack SW Twin from the Twinway. We had a lot of laughs and he will be deeply missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike
    William Lee 'Bill' Bowden

    Bill was a voracious reader of diverse subjects including ancient, medieval and modern history; nature, geology, science fiction, archaeology, sports and comedy.
    Sadly, I never made the opportunity to hike/bushwhack with Bill. However, I exchanged email with him on the glacial geological history of the Whites, especially cirques, about which he seemed to know more than many glacial geologists, let alone chemists. Of course, I have also heard many Bushwhack Bill stories over the years, through John Swanson and others. My condolences to his family and all of you who knew him well.

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    So sorry to hear that Bill is gone. I never hiked with him, but did meet him at the awards ceremonies as he served as a member of the 4000 footer committee. This past summer when I asked for help with some peak bagging lists there was Bill E-mailing me the lists. His love for the mountains was contagious and we will greatly miss him.
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    I met Bill several years ago on one of his many b-wacks, one which was W Field, when he gave us a large list of the 3000's. I never thought that I would do the whole list at that time, too many and too far away. Anyway, I kept hiking with Bill on many more b-wacks through the years and whittled down the list and finished last Sept 2006. A week later, Sept 16, Bill and I and a few others climbed Mt Hale and b-wacked over to S Hale that day. A real nice hike once again. So much to say to Bill, so many thanks for his help and knowledge of map and compass, and the many years of friendship. I'll miss you Bill and think of you on each hike I still do . Farewell

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