|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1908|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2005|
Contra Costa County
Dr. Mary Leolin "Leo" Bowerman was a well-known and respected botanist and lifelong student of the flora of Mount Diablo in California.
She received her undergraduate degree in 1930 and her Ph.D in 1936 from U.C. Berkeley. Her doctoral advisor was famed California botanist Willis Linn Jepson; she was his last surviving student. It was as a student that she began a masters project on Mt. Diablo. She later informed Professor Jepson that the study would be for her doctorate. It was published in 1944 as Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo. She later said, "Little did I know that my senior project would become my life's work."
In 1971 she co-founded the conservation organization Save Mount Diablo, and worked tirelessly to preserve the rich habitat. Through Save Mount Diablo, Mary Bowerman worked toward her purpose "...that the whole of Mount Diablo, including its foothills, will remain open space...that the visual and natural integrity will be sustained," and helped expand the state park's boundaries from 6,788 acres in 1971 to more than 20,000 acres today.
Mary Bowerman was born in Toronto in 1908 and moved with her parents to Pasadena when she was a teenager. Her parents moved with her to Berkeley when she enrolled at the University of California. They later moved to Lafayette in 1954, to the same house where Miss Bowerman died.
In 1978 the manzanita Arctostaphylos bowermaniae was named in her honor.
She is interred with her parents: father, Lindley H. Bowerman (1864 - 1954), and mother, Ada Sarah Wesson Bowerman (1872 - 1980) at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.
Lindley H. Bowerman (1864 - 1954)
Ada Sarah Wesson Bowerman (1872 - 1980)
Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum
Created by: Rosemary
Record added: Sep 28, 2009
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