ITHAKA FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE WILLIAM G. BOWEN DIES

ITHAKA FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE WILLIAM G. BOWEN DIES

October 21, 2016 | ITHAKA | NEWS

 

William G. Bowen

October 6, 1933 – October 20, 2016

 

The world has lost a uniquely gifted leader and friend. Bill Bowen passed away peacefully on October 20, 2016 with his family by his side. Bill dedicated his entire professional life to the world of education, initially as faculty member, provost and president of Princeton University (1959-1988), then as president of the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1988-2006) and finally as founding chairman of JSTOR and ITHAKA and founding trustee of Artstor. 

 

Princeton University and the Mellon Foundation were institutions he served, but JSTOR, Artstor and ITHAKA were institutions he created. Quite simply, there is no ITHAKA, no JSTOR, and no Artstor without him. We are a part of his legacy, a responsibility that we take very seriously.  

 

As a scholar Bill was an economist, and his prodigious and influential work was grounded in careful reliance on data and evidence, and as a man, he was the consummate humanist. He reveled in collegial collaboration and brought out the best in others through his extraordinary generosity, immense intellectual curiosity and boundless energy. History will remember him as one of the singularly great civic leaders of our time; those of us fortunate to have known him will remember him for the friendship, guidance and joy he shared that fundamentally changed the course of our lives. There will not be another like him. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mary Ellen, Bill’s wife and partner of 60 years, their children David and Karen, and their five grandchildren.  

 

More on Bill's incredible legacy from the organizations he led, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University, and as covered by the media: The New York Times, The Washington PostInside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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