Memorial Service for Economics Professor Scheduled for July 13

bowers.gifDavid Alexander Bowers, professor emeritus in the banking and finance department at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management--well known for his annual economic forecast--died of a heart attack on July 9. He was 73.

The annual economic forecast sponsored by the Weatherhead School and given by Bowers for nearly 30 years was renamed the David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon after Bowers's last forecast a few years ago. The David A. Bowers Faculty Service Award also was established at that time.

"David's dedication to Weatherhead, his passion for teaching, his competitive drive to excel (on the squash court and away from it) and his remarkable good humor under any circumstances is hard to communicate to those who were not fortunate enough to know him," Weatherhead School Dean Mohan Reddy said in a message to school faculty and staff.

Bowers joined Case Western Reserve in 1965. He became chair of the banking and finance department in 1976.

"David held almost every leadership position that the school had and approached every one of those with a youthful zest," Reddy said. "He was a teacher, mentor and colleague to a legion of people out there (I count myself among those fortunate ones.) and left a trail of admirers in his wake."

Funeral services for Bowers will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Amasa Stone Chapel on campus. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university are invited. Bowers's family also will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. today at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home of South Euclid, 4600 Mayfield Road.

"Even if David is no longer with us, his spirit is indelibly woven into the fabric of our institution and will always be with us," Reddy added.

Read the full obituary in today's Plain Dealer.

Campus News

When high temperatures are predicted and the possibility of an electrical overload exists, the university will proactively reduce nonessential lighting during daytime hours in public areas. Nonessential lighting includes hallways (partial), building entrances, lobbies and atriums. Public areas that receive natural lighting also will be reduced. This status will remain until conditions warrant a return to normal operating levels. Call Customer Service for Facility Operations with questions or concerns at 368-2580.

Information Technology Services plans to upgrade the Case Software Center on Tuesday, July 24. This upgrade will feature a new, user-friendly interface with clear graphics and intuitive descriptions of each product. It also will include Microsoft's Vista operating system upgrade software. Questions: Send e-mail to the Software Center.

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 13 in Fribley Commons. Call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment or register online for this and/or other upcoming blood drives.

For Faculty & Staff

The university's Office of Foreign and Faculty Scholars advises that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has reported some delays in processing cases decided between April 2007 and the present. Agency officials have established a procedure to help facilitate cases and other issues while the problem is being evaluated. Refer to the agency update for complete details or send e-mail to the Office of Foreign and Faculty Scholars.

For Students

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July 12, 2007

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