Grover C. Bowles, PharmRes'46
Grover C. Bowles Jr., who led the pharmacy department at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, for 3 decades and served terms as president of the American Society Health-System Pharmacy, the American Pharmaceutical Association, and the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, died June 23 at the age of 99 years.
“Grover was an exceptional leader and a legend in our profession,” said ASHP Chief Executive Officer Paul W. Abramowitz. “His contributions to ASHP in its early years and throughout his entire career played an important role in building the strong foundation that has helped ASHP to continue to grow and thrive for 77 years. Grover will be missed by everyone, but his legacy of service to pharmacy and the positive impact he had on so many individuals will always be with us.”
After leaving the Navy, Bowles spent 2 years at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor as a pharmacy intern—the equivalent of a pharmacy resident today. The department at the time was led by hospital pharmacy luminaries George L. Phillips and Donald E. Francke, and it was there that Bowles met his fellow intern and future wife, Mary Lois Van Inwagen. The two were married on December 23, 1947.