Pomona Holds Memorial for Professor Gene Fowler

A memorial was held for Gene Fowler, a biology professor at Pomona College and one of the pioneers in establishing Pomona’s environmental analysis program, in the Hart Room of the Smith Campus Center at Pomona on Wednesday. Fowler died Nov. 1 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center after suffering from an illness.

Friends, colleagues and students remembered Fowler in an intimate setting. Speakers included Lenny Seligman, Chair of the Pomona Department of Biology; Pomona biology professors Nina Karnovsky and Clarissa Cheney; Nancy Hamlett, Visiting Professor of Biology at Harvey Mudd College; and Pomona mathematics professor Richard Elderkin.

E-mails sent by former students describing their favorite memories of Fowler were read aloud. Pomona biology professor Rachel Levin spoke for Alberto Sosa, a friend and colleague of Fowler from Argentina.

Playing in the background was a slideshow of photographs of Fowler with family members, students, friends and colleagues, as well as penguins, the subject of his research.

Crème brûlée was served at the memorial, as Fowler was well known for caramelizing the sugar on crème brûlée with his chef’s torch at Biology Department dinners.

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