William K Bowes
The MMRF is saddened at the loss of MMRF Board Member and friend Bill Bowes, who made invaluable contributions to the organization as a longstanding Board Member and who was a devoted champion of precision medicine. In 2010, his leadership gift enabled the launch of the MMRF CoMMpass Study, the cornerstone of the MMRF Precision Medicine Initiative. Thanks to his vision and compassion, extraordinary advances have been made to accelerate precision medicine approaches for the benefit of countless cancer patients.
Throughout his career, two of Bowes’ great loves have been projects involving education and medical research—interests that have extended far beyond his day job. He was on the executive committee of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and was a former Board Chairman of The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s exemplary interactive museum of the sciences. He also served on the Board of the Asian Art Museum, Grace Cathedral, and the Hoover Institution. And in 1991 he established the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations focused on medical research, access to college, the arts, and higher education.
After serving in the U.S. Army infantry in the South Pacific and Japan during and after World War II, Bowes received a B.A. from Stanford University and later an M.B.A. from Harvard University.