Wayland mourns loss of J. Hoyt Bowers

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University mourns the death of Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers, a longtime professor in the School of Mathematics and Sciences. Dr. Bowers passed away on May 25 at the age of 81.

Services will be held for Dr. Bowers at 10 a.m. on May 31 at College Heights Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Rev. Jason Smith will officiate with Rev. Don Robertson assisting. The service is under the direction of Kornerstone Funeral Directors.

Dr. Bowers joined the Wayland faculty in 1963 and retired in May of 2008.  Dr. Bowers taught vertebrate biology, vertebrate natural history and taxonomy, genetics, and developmental biology at Wayland for 45 years. He also served as chairman of the Division of Math and Sciences from 1982-2004. During that time, he helped establish a dual degree program in math and engineering with Texas Tech, and was instrumental in securing a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund a summer science program to boost the skills of secondary science teachers in the region.

A scholarship established in honor of Dr. Bowers and his wife Joann is given to an outstanding biology major each year at the beginning of his or her sophomore year. The student receives the scholarship for three years. There is also a separate scholarship named for Joann Bowers that is given to students with double majors in chemistry and physical science.