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Linda Bowman

Linda Bowman ’81, M.S.’83, retired on June 29, after nearly 30 years of service. Bowman received both of her degrees in speech pathology. The year after she graduated, she was hired by CSD (then known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology) as a temporary, part-time lecturer for the course Human Verbal Development. In 1986, she was hired fulltime and added advisement and clinical supervision to her responsibilities. She later served as the clinic coordinator. Bowman did a stellar job of advising students, teaching, and supervising and coordinating the clinical experiences. She has been known for her infectious enthusiasm for the profession; her in-depth knowledge of stuttering, phonology, and language development; and her dedication to the department, students and clients.

In July 2003 Bowman’s husband, Al Bowman, was named interim president of Illinois State University. The following February he was named the University’s 17th president and he served in that post until 2013. Linda Bowman added the role of first lady to her responsibilities. Even with this role, she was unstinting in her willingness to help move the department forward. In 2011, she became director of the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic and worked to accomplish a number of major initiatives, including assisting in the development of a business case and conceptual design for a new speech and hearing clinic we hope to see built in the coming years.

Bowman said working with her colleagues has been the finest, most satisfying career she could have imagined. She has loved Illinois State since she first enrolled as an undergraduate transfer student in 1979. Her favorite quote is one by Francis Peabody: “The secret to the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” She leaves behind this advice: Work hard and care deeply, no matter what the cost. It will always be worth it in the end.