Maynard Bowers' devotion to life is exemplified in all aspects of his being, from his academic pursuits, his career achievements, and his community service to his leisure activities. His invaluable contributions to society as an Albion College alumnus include his accomplishments as a globally renowned scholar in the field of biology, his leadership on the National Board of Directors for Sigma Xi and in the Marquette (Mich.) Rotary, and his work as a naturalist for the National Park Service.
After earning a master's degree at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, he joined the biology faculty at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, where he served from 1966 to 1998. Bowers' passion for teaching has earned him numerous distinctions through the years. Recognized in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals and the Dictionary of International Biography, he also was named the Peter White Scholar for Research at Northern Michigan University for the 1986-87 school year. Bowers' expertise as a consultant continues to be widely sought by organizations seeking rare plant identification and by arborists in search of solutions to tree problems. He is a member of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, the Michigan Botanical Club, and numerous other professional organizations.
Bowers' commitment to others is evidenced by his leadership with Rotary International for which he served as a district governor and district chairman of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. For his significant leadership, he has been honored with a district Governor's Citation. He has also served several times as a delegation leader to Marquette's sister city, Kajaani, Finland. Bowers has given back to his alma mater in many different capacities: as a Career and Internship Center volunteer, reunion committee member, and presenter at the Class of 1956 Symposium during their 50th reunion. His devotion to Albion has continued as he has conducted preliminary mapping and a plant survey of the Ott Biological Preserve. He has also recently donated his research collection of about 4,000 bryophyte (moss and liverwort) specimens, currently housed in the Albion College Herbarium. Just as significant is Bowers' attendance at as many college events as possible.
He and his wife, Leenamari, reside in Marquette, Michigan. They are the parents of four children, Maynard, Jr. (deceased), Janet, Piiamari, '95, and Eerik.