175 Makers of History: Henry L. Bowden

Henry L. Bowden 32C 34L 59H
Attorney; Board of Trustees Chair

Henry Bowden

In the eyes of many Atlantans in the 1950s and 1960s, Henry L. Bowden was "Mr. Emory," helping to guide the University through tumultuous times with sound judgment and clear vision.

He served as Emory's general counsel from 1952 to 1978 and played a lead role in its integration in 1962. A devout Methodist, he also helped to defend academic freedom during the "God Is Dead" controversy of 1966.

Bowden was on the board of trustees from 1947 until 1979 and, as chair, helped nurture the relationships that led to the landmark Woodruff gift of 1979. "Of the status quo," he told alumni in a 1961 speech, "Emory should want no part."