Former industrial engineering professor Bowman dies

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — James Dale Bowman, a former professor of industrial engineering who also earned two degrees from Penn State, died Aug. 25. He was 83 years old.

Bowman received his bachelor of science degree in 1959 and his master of science degree in 1964, both in industrial engineering. Prior to coming to Penn State, he had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Bowman worked for many years in the department's Automation Laboratory, which was the world's first-ever academic laboratory of its kind. He also was instrumental in a program that conducted a series of seminars and lectures on low-cost automation and industrial engineering for members of the Asian Productivity Organization, a nonprofit, nonpolitical intergovernmental organization whose mission was to increase productivity in Asia. He was a member of Alpha Phi Mu industrial engineering honor society, and served as the faculty adviser for several years.

He had a broad industrial engineering career outside of Penn State, working for Bellows-Valvair of Akron, Ohio and Scientific Systems of State College, Pa. Additionally, he worked for private industry around the country as a consultant.

He is survived by his wife Irene Mary Magagnotti Bowman.

Condolences and signing of the guest book may be made at online.

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Last Updated September 04, 2012