Norman Ralph Bowen
OverviewNorman R. Bowen (May 30, 1920 – August 26, 1992) was an American journalist, educator, and nationally published author. He was the city editor for the Deseret News from 1957-67, and a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Newsfront Magazine, and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Early lifeLagoon, one of the largest amusement parks in the West.
Education and Military ServiceWeber State University) in Ogden, Utah. During this time, he met his future wife, Donna Jenkins, and was the editor of the school newspaper, The Signpost. After graduating from Weber, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, and pursued a degree in History with a minor in Journalism. During this time he edited The Wye, a student literary magazine. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and received officer training through the Navy V-7 Reserve Midshipmen’s School. In 1943, he was ordered to report to the USS ALBEMARLE, a seaplane tender assigned to the Atlantic Fleet air arm. However, he was first given ten days leave, during which time he and Donna Jenkins were married at the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on August 24th, 1943. The ALBEMARLE serviced patrolling seaplanes when needed, and transported supplies and personnel, often dangerously carrying more gasoline, torpedoes and munitions than an aircraft carrier. He soon became a Lieutenant and Ship’s Secretary, and was “demobilized” after the war ended, in December 1945.
He then worked for a short time in the Navy Department, editing Navy publications, until he was accepted to the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, the prestigious program founded by Joseph Pulitzer. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia in 1947.
Career and Family
Bowen received several job offers immediately after he finished his degree at Columbia, and he accepted a job offer at the Spokane Spokesman-Review. He worked for the newspaper from 1947-1949. Their first daughter, Donna Lee, was born in September of 1947. In October 1949, Bowen and his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and he began work at the Deseret News. By 1957, he was the city editor of the newspaper, and was the father of two more children: Mary Karen and Norman Cacey. By 1962 he had yet two more: John and Kristen. He held his editor position until 1967, when he was called to be a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Washington D.C. Upon returning from Washington D.C., he began working for the LDS Church Information program, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.
Educator and Author
Bowen taught courses in journalism at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University while working as city editor of the Deseret News. During this time, he also assisted the well known radio and TV newsman, Lowell Thomas, in writing an autobiography: “Lowell Thomas, the Stranger Everyone Knows,” which was published by Doubleday.
Bowen died August 26th, 1992, while vacationing in Alaska with his wife Donna. He was 72 years old.
- The Norman Ralph Bowen Family: Book XI of The Family of Cacey Potter Bowen, Jr.
(unpublished family history)
- “Norman Bowen, ex-DesNews city editor, dies,” Deseret News, Aug. 28, 1992
--Solomonp 16:38, 26 October 2007 (MDT)