To the Editor:
Recently, The Edmond Sun published an article about Hall Duncan’s design of the UCO academic mace (“UCO inauguration preparations reunite academic mace, designer,” The Edmond Sun, March 31, 2012). While informative, the article neglected to mention the individual responsible for handcrafting the mace to commemorate the installation of CSU president Bill Lillard in 1975. That individual was John H. (Jack) Bowen who served the university as a teacher from 1957 until his retirement in 1982.
Bowen’s tenure at the university was rich with many accolades, among them the respect and admiration of his fellow teachers and the many students who attended industrial arts classes at CSC/CSU/UCO, attracted by his talents and skills as a teacher. Bowen’s handcrafting of the academic mace from Duncan’s design was just one of his many amazing accomplishments. He spent many hours in the CSU industrial arts shop during the manufacture and assembly of the mace wanting nothing less than a perfectly constructed and unique work of art.
Industrial Arts Department Chairman Asbury Smith often praised Professor Bowen’s expert abilities as a teacher as well as his abundant talents in woodworking, upholstering and building construction. His efforts as a teacher were a primary reason students came from all over the area to study Industrial Arts Education at the university.
I feel certain the late Mr. Bowen would have been delighted and proud to know that some 40 years later the academic mace he helped create will be used once again during the installation ceremony for incoming university President Don Betz.
Barbara B. Hutchinson