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Biography of Jean Bowman


Biography of Jean Bowman



Jean Bowman of Missoula, who passed away on December 4, 2015, moved to Billings in 1960 where she became active in the Billings and State Leagues of Women Voters—serving as president of the Billings League and vice president of the State League. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Billings City Council and Mayor of Billings before being elected in November 1971 as a Yellowstone County delegate to the Montana Constitutional Convention. One of nineteen women delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Jean was elected Secretary of the Convention and also served on the Judiciary Committee and the Administration Committee. Jean moved to Missoula in 1980 where she attended the University of Montana, graduating with high honors in political science. After graduating from UM Law School, Jean served as law clerk for Montana Supreme Justice John C. Harrison for 2 years. At that point, she moved into hospital administration as a career, including three stints as Hospital Executive Director: two years for St. Peter's Hospital in Helena; two years in Bremerton, WA for Harrison Memorial Hospital; and ten years at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Jean is now a retired mother of four children and six grandchildren and is an active volunteer in many Missoula non-profits.

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Biography of Jean Bowman