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Former game commission director Glenn Bowers dies
Glenn L. Bowers, PGC executive director from 1965 to 1982, was part of the Black Sheep during World War II.

By TED CZECH
Daily Record/Sunday News

Updated: 06/28/2010 12:21:14 AM EDT





Glenn Bowers (Submitted)

Toby Bowers said that throughout his father's life -- as a World War II pilot, zoologist, hunter and executive director -- ran the thread of integrity.

"If (he) said he was going to do something, then by God, he was going to do it," Toby Bowers said. "He'd never ask someone to do something he wouldn't do himself."

Toby Bowers said that, since his father, Glenn L. Bowers, died Friday, he's received numerous e-mails from those sending condolences.

One of them, an employee of Glenn Bowers' when he was executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, wrote, "Your dad was my hero, I would've followed him anywhere."

Glenn Bowers, of Dillsburg, was 89.

John Plowman, a close friend of Glenn Bowers', said of him, "He



Glenn Bowers in 1943 (Submitted)

could be so professional and dignified, and yet he could be very personable."

Glenn Bowers graduated from William Penn High School in 1939 and began studying at Penn State, where he played in the Blue Band and enrolled in the school's civilian pilot training program.

After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy as an aviation cadet and left Penn State to begin active duty in 1942. In late 1943, he became part of the Black Sheep, a fighter squadron led by Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.

Glenn Bowers flew 28 combat missions with the Black Sheep and 58 missions with two other squadrons in the South Pacific. For his efforts, Glenn Bowers was awarded 11 air medals and three Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Toby Bowers said his father didn't often talk of the war -- that is, until the television series "Baa Baa Black Sheep" debuted in 1976. The show depicted the squadron as a group of "misfits and screwballs," but in reality, they were simply pilots taken from other squadrons to form one under Boyington, Toby Bowers said.

"Dad and his fellow living Black Sheep were outraged" at the show's inaccuracy, he said.

Still, the show gave recognition to a group of unsung heroes and, since then, his father had received requests for autographs in the mail several times a week, Toby Bowers said.

Returning from the war, Glenn Bowers finished his studies in zoology at Penn State and began working for the game commission.

"I don't think he looked anywhere else than the game commission; that was where he wanted to continue his research," Toby Bowers said.

After 17 years with the game commission, Glenn Bowers became executive director.

"My dad was a real thinker -- he never made any quick, irrational decisions," Toby Bowers said. "I know he lost a lot of sleep, thinking of the pros and cons before he made a decision."

Plowman, who met Glenn Bowers in 1965, worked for him as a game officer and later as a legislative advocate in Harrisburg.

"He was an excellent boss," Plowman said. "He was just a class act."
 

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Wow, Glenn Bowers passed away........To anyone who grew up a few decades ago, Glenn Bowers epitomized everything that meant "Pennsylvania Game Commission", and will be one of the most remembered figures ever....You seldom picked up a copy of Game News without Glenn Bowers popping up within it's pages, He was "bigger than big" to us young hunting fanatics, the type of fellow that they name a building after.
 

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You're right Big Ken. He was the man when I was coming of age in the 60s and 70s. I'm not sure if things at the PGC will ever be as good again. I'm thankful that I grew up during his tenure.
 

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Was a good article written on him, ohhhh, maybe last year ? It was a very good article in the PGN. He seemed to be one heck of a guy. Then again, there aren't many from that era that I've met that didn't have the same upstanding social, moral, and life values. What a great generation that was. TRUE MEN.
 

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He even wrote the occasional hunting story..Was reading an old Game News recently where he told the story of this really nice buck that he shot while hunting with a gang...Nice picture too, of him, his father, and his son with trophies they had taken through the years.
 
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