Robert Bowie '27 Celebrates 100th Birthday

Posted: August 28, 2009

Robert Bowie, Gilman Class of 1927, was honored with a 100th birthday bash at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson August 27. Headmaster John Schmick '67 attended the ceremony and presented Dr. Bowie with a Gilman certificate honoring the occasion.

Dr. Bowie was born in Baltimore on Aug. 24, 1909.

Bowie, a diplomat and scholar, served as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Jimmy Carter from 1977-79. He also served in various roles in the administrations of Presidents Johnson, Eisenhower and Truman, including as Director of Policy Planning under Eisenhower from 1953-57.

After graduating from Princeton and then Harvard Law School, he served in World War II in Germany and then taught at Harvard Law from 1946-55. The author of several books on foreign policy and diplomacy, he would return to teach at Harvard until the age of 82.

Congratulations to Dr. Bowie on this momentous achievement!