Bowman, Mary O. (1921-2017)

Bowman, Mary O. (1921-2017)

Date Updated



Women's Physical Education Human Performance

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Iowa (Iowa City), 1958 Ph.D.

University of Oregon (Eugene), 1946 MS

Central Washington State College (Ellensburg), 1943 BA

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1962-1985

Central Washington State College, 1958-1962

Idaho State College (Pocatello), 1949-1952

Central Washington State, 1948-1949

University of Oregon, 1946-1948

Jr.‑Sr. High School (Prosser, WA), 1942-1943

Administrative and Professional Experience

Supervisor of School Health and Physical Education, State Department of Public Instruction, Salem, OR, 1952‑1956.

Administrative positions while at SJSU:

Chair, Department of Physical Education for Women, 1965‑68 and 1975‑77;

Chair, Department of Human Performance (merged men's and women's departments), 1977‑1982;

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Educational Policies, School Applied Sciences and Arts, 1968­1974;

Interim Dean, School AA&S, 1979‑80;

President, SJSU Academic Senate, 1975‑76 (first woman);

CSUC Academic Senate, 1976‑78 (first woman from SJSU);

President, Western Society of Physical Education of College Women (13 western states), 1968‑69;

President, Association of California State University Professors, 1972;

President, Emeritus Faculty Association, 4/1987‑8/1988.

Selected Publications

Oregon State Department Public Instruction:

Health Education Materials and Resources

Health Services for School Aged Children in Oregon

Health Instruction in Oregon Secondary Schools

Physical Education for Boys in Oregon Secondary Schools

Physical Fitness Testing in Oregon Schools

Editor, Sports Program for College Women, monograph, American Association Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Speeches and Presentations included in proceedings of various associations and organizations.

Personal Commentary

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Bowman, Mary O. (1921-2017)