For Roy Bowman, 1963 was a good year. After spending five years working in a lumber camp and two years at Boise Junior College, Roy came to the University of Idaho to finish his education. He had a great run — joined Kappa Sigma fraternity, ran for ASUI vice president, sang and toured with the renowned Vandaleers and received the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.
In ’63 he earned his degree in elementary education. He went on to teach school in California for the next 28 years, and was named Teacher of the Year while at a Sunnyvale school.
Roy was encouraged to attend UI by two constituents: Chief Forester Gordon Greenway (B.S. forest products, ’38) and associate professor of education Herbert J. Vent. As Roy says, “Both indicated the UI’s program would go far beyond a mere complex ‘rehash’ of junior college methods courses.” Roy feels unquestionably that was so.
In selecting a school, Roy says, “I basically had three choices: BSU, UI and Stanford [where he earned a master’s degree]. After visiting all of them, the University of Idaho seemed like going back home. Easy decision.”
A frugal and savvy investor, Roy acquired rental properties over his working years, mostly in the Boise, Idaho, area — near his boyhood home of Emmett, Idaho.
By the time he retired and returned to Emmett, most of these properties were paid off. Roy parlayed his holdings into ever better investments and ultimately started selling them. From the proceeds he created and funded the Roy A. Bowman Jr. Charitable Gift Annuity.
The charitable gift annuity gave Roy a sizable income tax deduction, plus it provides him a quarterly payment and lets him make a meaningful gift to his alma mater. Upon his passing, the annuity’s remainder will fund a scholarship endowment.
On Roy Bowman’s career path, helping young people succeed was more important than making lots of money.
“I think of my own experiences into the new world of professional adventure,” he says. “I did it — now I can help others do it.”