Frederick Arthur Gowen
1923 - 2010, Santa Barbara
July 8th, 1923 - September 20th, 2010
Frederick Arthur Gowen passed away aged 87 on Sept. 20th 2010 at home in Seattle, WA after a brief illness and several years of poor health.
Born in Boston on July 8th 1923 and raised on his family's farm in Stratham, NH, Frederick served in the army at Fort Lewis during WWII and received his PhD in plant genetics in 1956. Most of his professional career was as a professor at various Universities in Nigeria, arriving prior to independence in 1960, and was evacuated from what was "Biafra" during the civil war and returned to Nigeria after the war ended in 1975, finally to retire from University teaching and research in Nigeria, in 1987.
He lived in Santa Barbara from 1997-2007 and moved to Seattle in 2007. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Florence Wen Gowen, originally of Peking, China, and his daughters, Iris Gowen, of Bangkok, Thailand, Robin Tiffney of Santa Barbara, CA and Melody Gowen of Seattle, as well as his sister, Mary Ellen Waugh of Riverdale, MD, and his five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name, may be made to Swedish Hospice, 6100 219th Ave SW #400, Mountlake Terrace, WA. 98043.