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Induction Category & YearProfessional 2000
Home TownSioux Falls, SD
Columbus, KS

   R. Bowden
Champion of Excellence

 R. Herb Bowden was a unique combination of an innovative designer, application engineer, a high achieving business entrepreneur and a community leader. As the founder of Sencore, Inc., the largest manufacturer of electronic analyzers in the world, and Bapco, which designs, produces and markets test equipment for medical manufacturers and hospitals, Bowden established himself as a leader and pioneer in the field.

For his work and contributions to his field, Herb was awarded the #1 Family Business of the Year, Exporter of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year for the state of South Dakota and the ten states in his business region. He was also the University of South Dakota’s South Dakotan of the Year and Business Citizen of the Year by the South Dakota Sales and Marketing Club.

Herb is noted not only for his contributions to the business world, but also for his generosity to the social programs in his community of Sioux Falls. As a respected entrepreneur, he served on numerous boards and associations including: Board of Regents for Augustana College, advisor to the Engineering Department of SDSU, and director of Norwest Bank. Herb, with the assistance of his wife, Esther, directed the fund-raiser campaigns for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Glory House, the original Turning Point, where he directed a 2.5 million dollar campaign to double the size of the facility. Herb and his wife also gifted the Irving Park School to start the new, very successful Bowden Youth Center.

Home Town (Sioux Falls, SD)
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