, | Certificate of Distinction: 1993
Charles F. Bowman was cited for being instrumental in determining research needs of the Pinney Purdue Fann, near Wanatah, and service to the Porter LaPorte Agricultural Alumni chapter. He is president and chief executive officer of Chester, Inc., Valparaiso, a highly specialized service providing products and technology for agriculture, business and industry, the firm has five divisions.
A native of Lowell, Bowman attended Lowell High School where he was a distinguished student and president of the class. He completed a B.S. degree in agricultural education at Purdue in 1941.
Bowman served as manager of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association from 1941 to 1946, and then manager of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Assn. from 1947 to 1953.
Bowman is president of the Valparaiso Community Schools board of directors, and also a member of the board of directors for seven other organizations, including the Gainer Bank, the Pinney Purdue Research Center, the Valparaiso YMCA, the Valparaiso Scholarship Foundation, N.W. Indiana Entrepreneurship Academy, and the Christmas in April program.
Bowman is a so a member of the Purdue North Central Chancellor's Council, Dean's Club of Valparaiso University, John Purdue Club, Purdue University President's Council, John Porter Group of Porter County United Way, and the State Council on Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching.
Bowman has served as president of several organizations, including the Valparaiso Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, First Methodist Church board of trustees, U.S. 30 Farms Industrial Park and U.S. 421 Farms.
He has served as chairman of the Porter County Airport Advisory Committee, Butler Manufacturing Co. advisory council, Valparaiso University Fund Campaign, Popcorn Festival, YMCA Advisory Board, and the Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center Development Committee. He has also served as a. state director of the Ag Alumni Assn.
Bowman's honors include the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, an honorary doctorate of agriculture from Purdue University North Central Campus, the Purdue University Soils and Crops Awards, and the Meritorious Service Award from the Purdue Ag Alumni Assn. He has also been honored for his work with the United Way, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Purdue Alumni Assn.
Bowman and his wife Mary have three daughters and three grandchildren.