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Marlene and W. Beall Fowler 1959

Marlene “Linny” Fowler served on numerous Lehigh Valley boards for more than 30 years, with special emphasis on advancing the missions of education, children and youth at risk, and the Latino community. She belongs to countless organizations and has won numerous awards for her community service. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary degree from Lehigh University.

Linny Fowler earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Skidmore College. She and Octavio Pena operated Fowler & Pena Creations, a stained glass business creating both commercial work and pieces for private collections, churches and other institutions. She was also a studio artist at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem.

A great loss to the community, Linny passed away on February 4, 2013. 

W. Beall Fowler is professor emeritus of physics at Lehigh University. He graduated from Lehigh with a degree in engineering physics in 1959, earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Rochester, and completed postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois. He joined the Lehigh faculty as associate professor of physics in 1966. During his years at Lehigh, he served twice as chairperson of the physics department as well as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1994-95. Fowler is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Beall Fowler is an honorary board member of the Historic Bethlehem Partnership and a board member of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Association.

Members of the Tower Society and the Asa Packer Society, the Fowlers have supported Lehigh for many years through their generosity and service. Through a capital gift, they funded the versatile Black Box Theatre in the Zoellner Arts Center.

They are truly a Lehigh family as a number of their children and their children's spouses are also Lehigh alumni.