Ray M. Bowen Jr.
December 22, 1959 – May 20, 2012
Raymond Morris Bowen, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, the 20th of May 2012, in Hunt, Texas. He was enjoying a wonderful weekend with his wife and friends in his favorite place in the world, the Texas Hill Country.
Ray was born on the 22nd of December 1959, in Dallas, Texas to Sally and Ray Bowen, Sr. He graduated from St. John’s School in Houston. Ray began his college years at Rice University before graduating from the University of Texas, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then attended the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and received his Masters of Business Administration. Ray started his career with Bankers Trust in New York and Houston, before moving on to Citibank’s Houston office where he was responsible for business development in the energy sector. He joined Enron in 1994 and worked in a number of capacities. He played a major role in managing Enron through its bankruptcy, and he was characterized as a “stand-up guy” by individuals observing his leadership. Ray next worked for Silverpoint Capital, a Connecticut-based hedge fund, and he successfully opened and managed its Houston office. Most recently, he had joined Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC. He was a member of River Oaks Country Club and Allegro, and he served on the board of Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Ray attended St. John the Divine Church.
Ray’s colleagues respected him for his financial acumen, his honesty, and his integrity. Ray’s advice and guidance were always valued highly by his coworkers, friends, and family. Ray will be remembered for his love for his family and his joy of life.
Ray is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife, Jennifer Justice Bowen, and their children, Raymond M. “Bo” Bowen III and Ellis Ann Bowen; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Bowen, Sr.; his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Justice; his sister, Beth Bowen Urdahl, and her husband Kent; his sister-in-law, Amanda Justice Robertson, and her husband Grant; his nieces and nephews Sarah, Matthew, Michael, and William Urdahl, and Justice and Lina Robertson.
The memorial service is to be conducted at noon on Saturday, the 26th of May, at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where both the Rev. Dr. Laurens A. Hall, Rector, and the Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Richnow, Senior Associate Rector, are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Sumners Hall.
Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private graveside service at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are Eddie Allen, Steve Draper, John Graves, Doug Hill, Jay Kelley, Billy Lemmons, Michael Mengden, Bob Parkey, Risher Randall, Jr., Jim Reilly, Wells Stewart, John Strawn, Will Symmes, Gerry Willinger, and Richard Zdunkewicz.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in Ray’s memory may be directed to Rice University Resource Development, MS81, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX, 77251-1892; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Ray M. Bowen Jr.
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Peter J Chen
May 28, 2012
To Sally, Ray Sr., & Ray Jr's Family:
It is with much personal sorrow that I learned of the untimely passage of Ray Sr. this day. I most appreciate in being notified - thanks Ray's Sr. It is difficult to fathom the twists & turns of existence when such an accomplished individual at the prime of his being and whom I have known as a teenager is no longer with his beloved family and his fellow beings in person. He will remain in our thoughts, however. He could have done so much more.
As I gazed upon his portrait except for his snowy locks, I am reminded of the teenager whom I had met during several summers in Albuquerque. He reminds me a great deal of his mother - in likeness, always happy and without a care. I am also reminded of what Ray Sr. told me once that he turned the volume of his HiFi so loud that the speakers blew apart. Also, he enjoyed having the his Dad's white Fiat Spyder with black top for which his Dad and I did some of the warranty work on my home's driveway in Albuquerque.
To Sally, Ray Sr., his wife, son and daughter, I must says that his legacy to you folks is to be treasured.
With all sincerity also from Imelda,
Peter J C (Albuquerque, NM)
May 24, 2012
Bo - this is Nick Nichols. I coached you [with David Bean & Matt Newtown] when you were in the 7th grade at Post Oak Little League. My son is Jeremy Nichols. I know that you & your family must be in shock right now & I wish I had the words to make things better, but I don't. I will always remember your Dad's gentle spirit & how he never missed any of your games even though his work load at that time must have been overwhelming. I lost my Dad 14 years ago & there's not a day that goes by that I don't remember him in some way. Please know that you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
May 23, 2012
Jennifer, Bo, Ellis and Family,
Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts.
With our heartfelt sympathy and friendship,
The Gibbens Family (Cando, ND)
May 23, 2012
Dear Bowen and Justice Family-
My heart aches for you all after the sudden loss of Ray. I am sorry I am not nearby to hug each of your necks, but please know that I am in spirit...hugging and praying and loving you all.
Ray's fondness of the Texas Hill Country is something I understand. It is difficult, but I can imagine that Heaven must feel even more beautiful than a Texas sunrise with sounds of birds chirping and a multicolored sunset with a breeze. I'll imagine Ray in heaven with the soothing sounds of the Guadalupe River behind him while he relaxes on the back porch with his feet up, Lord, bless his soul!
My family and I send our love and condolences and we are so, so sorry for the shocking loss of Ray. Please know that we are honored to have known Ray and your family is in our prayers.
Ellen, David, John Luke, Sam & Skylar
May 23, 2012
Jennifer, you and the kids are in Danielle and my prayers.
FROM THE FAMILY
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