KATHLEEN GILL BOWMAN of Charlottesville, Virginia, died on November 21, 2023. She was eighty years old. Her parents were Albert Gill and Inga Thompson, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathleen is survived by her three children: Susan Harms of Perrysburg, Ohio, William Bowman of Vienna, Virginia, and Geoffrey Kamizuru-Bowman of Tokyo, Japan, by her seven grandchildren, by her brother, Thomas Gill, of Minneapolis, great niece, Kari Lindemood, of Boise, Idaho, her husband, Daniel, many members of their extended families, and by friends and colleagues near and far.
First in her family to graduate from college, Kathleen believed deeply in the value of education, and generously provided financial support for her children and grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Kathleen taught middle school English and Spanish for three years before returning to the University of Minnesota for her Master’s and PhD degrees. She taught English at Hamline University and Reed College before transitioning to academic administration. She held several senior administrative positions at the University of Oregon until she was selected as the President of Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she served for twelve years.
Above all, Kathleen cherished her family and was extremely proud of her Norwegian and Polish ancestry. She treasured holiday gatherings and maintaining family traditions. She loved music: she played piano throughout her life, and taught piano to her children and grandchildren. She loved to sing in choirs and to share her love of music with others. Fluent in Spanish, she loved to travel and relished her experiences of other cultures and traditions. Even in her passing, she remains an inspiration for us to fully embrace the richness of life, to savor even the smallest joys the day may bring, and to give generously to others. We love you and miss you.
Memorial services to be announced.
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