Remembrances
10.06.2019

POLIN Museum Distinguished Benefactor, Mr. William K. Bowes, Jr. died in San Francisco

William K. Bowes, Jr.
William K. Bowes, Jr.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of William K. Bowes, Jr., Distinguished Benfactor of POLIN Museum and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.


William K. Bowes, Jr. (1926-2016), was a venture capitalist from the Bay Area, USA for nearly 50 years. Mr. Bowes was born in San Francisco, graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and served in the U.S. Army infantry in the South Pacific and Japan during and after World War II.

Recently, Mr. Bowes dedicates his time to supporting education and medical research. Mr. Bowes served as Chairman of the successful Mission Bay Campaign, a $240 million initiative of the University of California San Francisco. In 2007, Mr. Bowes was named the San Francisco Bay Area’s Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter and Northern California Grantmakers.

The generous gift of Mr. Bowes provided key support to the development and implementation of the Global Education Outreach Program of POLIN Museum.

We wish to express our condolences to Mr. Bowes family.

Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland Board and POLIN Museum.