GREENSBORO John Bowles, 83, passed away on November 22, 2016 in Greensboro, NC, where he resided with his wife, Gay. John is remembered as a passionate field biologist who loved to share his enthusiasm about the natural world with anyone who was interested, especially his students. John was born in Kariuzawa, Japan, on July 29, 1933 to Herbert and Gertrude Bedell Bowles. In 1936, the family moved to Honolulu, where John attended Punahou School. He graduated from Earlham College, Richmond, IN, where he received a B.A. in biology in 1956. In 1957, he met his future wife Grace (Gay) Chawner, while visiting his brother, Steve, at Earlham. John and Gay were married in 1958 and moved to Seattle where he completed a master's in ornithology from the University of Washington. They moved to Honolulu, where John taught high school biology at Punahou and later became the assistant director of Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. In 1963, John began teaching biology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA. He attained a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Kansas before moving to Central College in Pella, IA, in 1969. John taught there for 24 years before retiring in 1993 due to Parkinson's disease. John and Gay lived in Austin, TX, and San Marcos, TX, while John was involved in Bat Conservation International. In 1996, during a family visit to the Chester Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX, John was inspired to ask his high school classmates about their memories of the December 7th Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a result, he compiled and coedited, The Day Our World Changed: December 7, 1941 Punahou '52 Remembers Pearl Harbor, which was published in 2004. In 2003, John was given the American Society of Mammalogists award for Excellence in Education in Mammology. He often reminded others of the importance of introducing children to the natural world. John's expertise in bat science took his family to different parts of the world. John was preceded in death by son, David, and brother, Steve. He is survived by his wife and three children: Sandy Bowles (Austin, TX); Nan Bowles and spouse Tom Kirmeyer (Beaufort, NC); James Bowles and spouse Heather Drennan (Seattle, WA) and five grandchildren: Ben, Janna, Avery, Finn and Milo. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Friendship Friends Meeting, 1103 New Garden Road, Greensboro. Donations may be made to Hospice Palliative Care of Greensboro or to a charity of one's choice.

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