Bruce Robert Cowen ’57 died on December 8, 2007, in at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Born on June 28, 1935, in Newark, N.J., he prepared for college at Weequahic High School in Newark and became a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he entered the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, from which he received his M.D. degree in 1961. After graduating from medical school, he interned at Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served in the Medical Corps of the U.S.Army from 1961 to 1964, attaining the rank of captain. He was stationed at the U.S. Army Environmental Health Agency in Edgewood Arsenal, Md. In 1964, he opened an office for the general practice of medicine in Edison, N.J., which he operated until his retirement in 2000. He was a staff member of Perth Amboy General Hospital in New Jersey from 1964 to 1967 and a staff member at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison from 1967 until his retirement. He served as the school physician for Metuchen Public Schools and for St. Matthew School in Edison, was the Well-Baby Clinic physician for Edison Township Division of Health from 1964 to 1995, and the college physician for Middlesex County College from 1968 to 1983. He was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, the Middlesex County Academy of Family Physicians, the New Jersey Medical Society, and the Middlesex County Medical Society. In 1973 and 1976, he received Physician Recognition Awards from the American Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Flora (Buchbinder) Cowen, whom he married in 1959; two sons, Douglas F. Cowen of State College, Penn., and Edward R. Cowen ’86; and two granddaughters.