Sam Bowman, who owned one of the more distinguished houses on Maple Avenue in the Village of Millbrook, passed away on April 13 after a long bout with cancer.
He was known in the area as a quiet, careful and wry person, devoted to his wife Grace who suffered from Parkinsons.
He was a graduate of Exeter (class of 1955) and Princeton (class of 1959) and continued lifelong friendships with his classmates.
Sam was quietly generous, never seeking favors or acclaim for his support of the arts and philanthropies. He thought the sincerest gifts were those that were unannounced and unexpected. Many of the beneficiaries of his charity never saw it coming which appealed to his mischievous nature.
He was proud of his Ohio heritage and maintained connections with a family farm in Springfield. He belonged to numerous clubs and organizations, including the Knickerbocker Club in NY.
Sam working for Tucker Anthony, H.G. Wellington and Ingalls & Snyder as an investment advisor. Sam's clients were his friends, and he took great pride in the fact that his friends entrusted him with their assets. His greatest professional joy came from knowing the positive impact he had on so many of his client's families and their financial wellbeing.
Sam loved his weekend retreat in Millbrook but his most special place was his family farm in Springfield, Ohio. Sam was an active owner of the Shawnee Farms which were designated as a centennial farm by the State of Ohio. Sam's relationship with this land spanned his entire life and he took great pride in the profitable operation of the farm and the extensive work by his team to conduct ecologically beneficial agricultural practices aimed at maintaining the land in pristine condition. Perhaps Sam's greatest last act was to apply agricultural easements to his farm in order to ensure that this farmland will be preserved for generations to come.
Sam is survived by his wife Grace Grasselli Bowman, his sister Julie Bowman McGregor, half-sister Gail LeFevre and numerous step-children, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John Elden Bowman. A memorial celebration of Sam's life will be held at his farm in Ohio. Contributions in Sam's memory can be made to the Tecumseh Land Trust or the Duchess Land Conservancy.