Ruth Cottrell Bowling; MPH 1952; died August 25, 2013


Ruth Bowling (August 14, 1921 - August 25, 2013)

Ruth Cottrell Bowling passed away on August 25, 2013, at her home in Denver, CO. She was born in Tiverton, RI, on 8/14/1921 to William H. and Mary (Clarke) Cottrell. She was the wife of the late Franklin L. Bowling, Sr., MD. Ruth is survived by Drs. Franklin and Nina Bowling and their children Patricia and Christopher, Kathleen Cote Bowling, MD and her children William, Nathaniel and Clarke, and Drs. Allen and Diana Bowling and their children Elizabeth and Sarah. She was predeceased by her son, William C. Bowling, Sr., Esq.

Ruth was a BMC Durfee High School (Fall River, MA) graduate. She graduated from Simmons College and earned an MPH from Harvard University. In addition to being actively involved in numerous Air Force communities, the Bethesda, MD community, and the Englewood, CO community, she was the Program Director for the Western Dairy Council from which she retired in 1990. In 1989 she received the American Dietetic Association Medallion Award and was honored by the University of Colorado in 2009 as the Florence Rena Sabin Award recipient for her contributions to the health and wellness of those living in the Rocky Mountain region.

Ruth will be remembered for her numerous professional accomplishments, her mentoring of young professional women and her no-nonsense approach to life and its challenges. Most importantly she will be remembered as the great wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Gram that she was to her family.

Her funeral service will be on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home at 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial, CO. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center c/o James Hill, PhD (12348 E Montview Blvd, Box #c263, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO 80045) or The William C. Bowling, Sr. Memorial Fund that provides educational opportunities for children in RI (107 Squantum Drive, Warwick, RI 02888) would be greatly appreciated.

[Published in The Denver Post on August 27, 2013]