James J. Bowes, officer of Liberty Property Trust

James J. Bowes
James J. Bowes
Posted: November 23, 2013

James J. Bowes, 60, of St. Davids, general counsel and secretary of Liberty Property Trust, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, of lung cancer at his home.

Mr. Bowes, a nonsmoker and avid cyclist, was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in the fall of 2012. He continued working until last month, said his wife, Leslie.

"Jim was an inspiration to everyone at Liberty, a man with insatiable intellectual curiosity, true compassion for humanity, and a keen wit," said William P. Hankowsky, chief executive officer of Liberty, an $8.4 billion real estate investment trust.

"Regardless of what he was facing, he wanted to keep working, to keep contributing, and he faced the future with strength, courage, and unstoppable humor," said Hankowsky, a partner in Interstate General Media, owner of The Inquirer.

Mr. Bowes joined Liberty in 1996 from the law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, where he was a partner.

He previously served as chief enforcement attorney for the Philadelphia branch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Bowes was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Springfield, Delaware County. His father was a machinist and his mother a homemaker. He graduated from Springfield High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University and a juris doctorate from Villanova School of Law.

On March 30, 1989, he met Leslie Hitchings, who was also a lawyer.

"He spilled a drink in my lap and ruined a $200 wool pleated skirt," Leslie Bowes recalled with amusement about their first encounter.

They married exactly two years later and had four sons.

Mr. Bowes enjoyed taking family cycling trips to places such as Switzerland, Italy, Alaska, Utah, and California. His last trip involved riding from Prague to Vienna, his wife said.

Mr. Bowes was a member of the board of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. He served on the Villanova University School of Law Board of Consultors and the Citizens Audit Review and Financial Advisory Committee of Radnor Township.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Carson, Tanner, Trevor, and Clayton; four sisters; and a brother.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Villanova School of Law atrium, 299 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085.

Contributions in Mr. Bowes' name may be made to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania (Lung Cancer and Related Disorders Research Fund), 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia 19104, or to the law school at the address above.


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