C. A. (Chet) Bowers


The Chet Bowers passed while living in Carmel, California. He grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned a Ph.D. from the University of California in Education and Social Thought. The extended family now includes his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.


He was on the faculty of the University of Oregon from 1967 until 1992, when he transferred to Portland State University—retiring there as Professor Emeritus in 2001. From 2001 until 2014, he continued as an adjunct and then courtesy professor at the University of Oregon, teaching courses in the Honors college and in environmental studies. He wrote 23 books on educational reforms that address the ideological, cultural and linguistic roots of the ecological crisis, and 4 books that examine the false promises of the digital revolution, including how it undermines democracy, privacy, personal and now national security, and is ideologically committed to replacing workers with digital machines. In addition to his writings being translated into Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Norwegian, he was invited to speak at 39 foreign and 44 American universities, and as guest professor at the University of California, Northern Arizona University, University of British Columbia, York University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as others. Wikipedia lists him as one of the leading environmental writers.


He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who mentored many who will carry on his work.



Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 23, 2017

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