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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Garry Allison People of the South Native son much involved in sports Sofurrfoy, Novtmbsr 4, 1972 THE tETHBRIDGI HERAIB _ Purple gasoline By Friier Hodgion Total Involvement is the role Dr. G. W. (Gary) Bowie lias taken upon himself. As a re- sult, at age 35, he finds himself leader in his church and com- munity and a respected and knowledgeable member ol the teaching profession. His role at the University of Lelhbridge is three-fold; he is (.he physical education profes- sor, the athletic director and the coach of the U of L Prong- liorns. Highly qualified in his field, Dr. Bowie has a B.Sc. from Brigham Young Univer- sity, his M.Sc. from Washing- ion Stale University snd his PhD In physical education from Uie University of Utah. Born in Claresholm in 1937, Dr. Bowie has always had a deep interest and love for sport. His father, C. G. (Mike) Bowie end his mother, Hazel, wera both avid curlers amd soorts en- thusiasts. "There's no doubt my interest stems from their influ- ence. My father enjoyed all sports, but curling was his game. He won the Lelhbridge Shirtsleeve Bonspiel twice in a row back in tire 40s." Gary was a fine curler him- self, and won the southern Al- berta school-boy championship in 1953, 1954 and 1955. Also pretty adept at hockey, he played semi-pro while attend- ing BYU. Turning from sports to the teaching profession, Dr. Bowie feels that "physical education is more than gym, sport or fit- ness in today's university cur- riculum. It is (he combination of these three and not three sep- arate entities." The old "PT" classes have given way to vastly improved teaching techniques and a cur- ricuJum that would astound early-day physical education Jnslructore. Golf, archery, bowl- ing, tennis and curling are just a sampling of tome of the "leisure time" sports that are now taught in the schools. "Definite improvements have been made in the past 10 years in the calibre of physical edu- cation at all Dr. Bowia stated. "The leisure time activ- ities that have been introduced combined with more facilities end betler trained teachers, are a great help. But I would have to say one of the biggest advancements has been the change in public attitude to- ward physical education. Tlie public lias overcome the old 'work Is good, play is bad1 eth- ic and they accept the new in- novations. "We instil in our future teach- ers the concepts of 'movement education.' The basic idea o! this is to leach the old activ- ities thai were taught by the extension of sports. One can explain this better by putting it on a continuum which shows the relationship between play, sport, athletics and games. Wa would see athletics as an exten- sion of sports in much the samo way that sport is an extension of play. "Games are a variety of play; they are found in sport; and they are an essential ingre- dient in athletics. Therefore it Is necessary to project another continuum of games which would parallel the play-sport athletic continuum. As there is more organization put into play ye proceed down the con- tinuum towards athletics which has such activities as college sports and professional sports." Professional athletes put Dr. Bowie in a bit of a quandary. "As a spectator I enjoy the games and appreciate the play- ers' skills, but I wonder if we should hold them up as idols for our children to follow. An example such as Henri Richard mouthing off alwut his coach is becoming more prevalent." Dr. Bowie spends over 47 hours a week at the university involved in the teaching of phy- sical education. In addition to this he coaches basketball five months of the year, which entails not only time spent in town with the team but a total of nine weekends, Friday to Sunday night, out of town. Any free time he has is spent in research. He pointed out that it takes three hours of prepar- ation for one hour of lecturing In class. He has done research Into varying aspects of physical education and in 1962 he wrote his Master's thesis on "The History and Trends of Curling in Canada." His Doctoral dis- sertation in 1970 was entitled "A Survey lo Obtain Relevant Information from Selected Col- leges in the Province of Alber- ta to Develop and Apply Our Evaluation Instrument for Men's Physical Education Pro- grams." In 19U3 lie did a 280-page survey on recreation in Lcth- bridge aid has written six papers on varying subjects from basketball to the influence of the Mormon faith on sport in AJberla. Dr. Bowie started his teach- ing career at Washington State as an assistant in 19G1 and in 1962 he moved back to Lelh- brldge and accepted a position at the junior college. With the beginning of the University of Lethbridge in 1967 Dr. Bowie became one of thai institution's athletic instructors and in 1970 was appointed acting athletic director, a post which he now holds on a permanent basis. Associated with numerous professional leaching and sport- ing organizations, Dr. Bowie also finds time to devote to the community. He has served, or is serving, on committees in the city that range from boxing and wrestling, minor football and basketball to work with the YMCA and the home and school association. As president of the Gilbert Patcrson Home and School As- sociation in 1971-72, Dr. Bowie found Mmsclf looking at the teaching profession from an- other angle. "The function of the home and school as I see it is a process mainly to try to help the school interpret what it is he said. Dr. Bowie adheres to the old adage, "actions speak louder than words." "If I advocate physical fitness I should be fit; If I advocate certain principals in life I should live he stated. Up at six every mom- ing, he runs two miles and spends 15-20 minutes in reading prior to leaving for work at eight. Religion is a vital part of the Bowie family. A member of the Church of Jesus Clirist of Lat- ter-day Saints, Dr. Bowie was recently eppoinled to the Bish- opric in the Lethbridge Second Ward. A hidden talent of Dr. Bowie's is singing. He won his "night" on the old CJOC talent show on radio as a youngster, but re- members losing out in the semi- finals lo a girl named Frances Russell. Married in the Sail Lake City Temple on June 9, 1961, Dr. Bowie and his wife Marian have three children; Anita Ann, 10, Chad, six and Glen, three. Marian was born in Jackson- vill, Florida and later moved to Price, Utah. She is also qualified in the teaching pro- fession, obtaining her B.Sc. in early childhood education at BYU. Seated in his office in the Physical Education and Fine Arts Building at the U of L, surrounded by bis extensive li- brary, Dr. Bowie isn't content to just "sit tight." He has re- cently started to dabble in sports psychology and is cur- rently in the early slagcs of compiling a history of sport in this area. There is an old saying that the busier a man is the bus'er he will become, and Dr. G. W. Bowie gels busier and busier a truly involved individual. DR. GARY BOWIE Pholo by Gurry Allison Book Review Belly up to the bar, boys! "Booze" by James H. Gray (MaclMillan Co. of Canada Ltd., 221 pages Tliat versatile, colorful, social historian of the early Wesl has dene it again he pays for Ihe last lime. James Grey main- lalns that "Booze" Is the final hard pressure melbod in a way volume ot Ihe quintet of prairie that allows the child lo pro- histories which "I never intend- gress al his own level, el his own rale. II is Ihis sounder method of individual teaching that wiil allow the child to de- velop a liking for all physical activities." Dr. Bowie went on to explain that these new systems and principles are good only If the Individual teacher puts them to use. "We on the university level are always open lo new con- cepts and Ideas and have re- cently added field hockey tor women to our program. All forms o[ activity are mvesligal- cd and many, like educational gymnastics a form of free exercise arc found desirable