Eugene Cleveland Bovee 1915 - 2005
Services for Eugene Cleveland "Gene" Bovee, 90, Lawrence, were private.Mr. Bovee died Oct. 20, 2005, in Overland Park from heart failure. A memorial stone for him and his wife, Elizabeth, rests in Pioneer Cemetery at Kansas University.He was born April 1, 1915, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Earl Eugene and Martha Nora Johnson Bovee. He attended schools in Sioux City and began his college education there at Morningside College. He graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1939 with high honors in biology. He received a master's degree in zoology from the University of Iowa in 1948 and a doctorate in zoology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1950.Mr. Bovee served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a military intelligence lieutenant in England and France. He joined the staff at KU in 1968 as a professor of zoology, and retired from KU as a professor of biological sciences in 1985. Before coming to KU he had taught high school biology and general science in Greene, Iowa, and taught as a professor at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, North Dakota State University, the University of Houston, the University of Florida in Gainesville, and UCLA. He taught summer sessions at the biological stations of the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota. He revised and co-authored the second edition of "How to Know the Protozoa" in 1985 and co-authored and co-edited the compendium "An Introduction to the Protozoa" in 1985. He was author or co-author of 18 chapters in various other books on protozoology and cellular biology and more than 100 scientific papers in those fields of research. He was editor of the Kansas Science Bulletin of the University of Kansas for five years in the 1970s. His memberships included the International Society of Protozoologists, where he was president in 1980 and honored member, 1988; American Microscopical Society; the Kansas Academy of Science, where he was president in 1979, executive council from 1976 to 1980 and a life member in 1980; the Iowa Academy of Science, where he was a life fellow; and the Western Society of Naturalists. He wrote short articles on topics of interest to the elderly for the Kansas Senior Press Service. He was also a member of the Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Kansas Authors Club, Kansas State Poetry Society, United Amateur Press Association of America and National Woodcarvers Assn. He was also a member of the Tuesday Downtown Artists and Painters Group in Lawrence, Claymate Sculpture group of Lawrence and Lawrence Artists Guild.His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1996.Survivors include two sons Gregory, Overland Park, and Matthew, Essex, Vt.; a daughter, Frances Young, Norman, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Lynne Funk, Lawrence, and Lisa Mazur, Concord, Mass.; a sister, Esther Crippen, Fredericktown, Mo.; four grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandsons.