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Bower, MD, USAF, Retired, Jeffrey H.

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May 9, 1947 - May 27, 2014

Bower, MD, USAF, Retired, Jeffrey H.

Jeffery Harding Bower was born on May 9, 1947, in Berwick, Pennsylvania and passed away on May 28, 2014, at his residence in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his father Richard, mother Dolly, sister Sally and is survived by his wife Veronica Nicole Critten and sister Barbara Jane Bower.

He graduated from Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1965. He received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy graduating on June 4, 1969, with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. On June 14, 1970, Jeffrey received a Master Science Degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  Continuing his education he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas on May 28, 1976. After receiving his M.D. he continued his military service until retiring on June 30, 1991, with the rank Colonel.

Dr. Bower practiced locally as a specialist of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine until March of this year. A celebration of life service will be take place at 2:00 p.m. on June 1, 2014, at Aria Funeral Home at 19310 Preston Road with interment to follow on June 2, 2014, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211 at 11:30 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Charles Bryan

July 13, 2021 9:02PM

Jeff was my mentor at Wilford Hall 1983-1985 and I served as asst chief of Pulmonary under Jeff after he returned from the Phillipines in 1987. He enabled me to tolerate the Air Force chain of command and helped me begin my career in academics.I will miss him and I deeply regret that I did not stay in touch. May God bless him.

Robert Mooberry

October 30, 2015 8:36PM

It has been 7 years since I worked with Dr Bowers. I was admired and respected him. He was a good doctor and a good person. His frankness was one of the qualities I admired most. The world is a bit poorer for his passing.

H. Dave Arnold

July 29, 2014 2:21PM

Dr. Bower was a wonderful caring physician. He literally saved my life in August 2008. My condolences to his family and friends...

Rhonda Drew

June 10, 2014 11:43PM

I met Dr. Bowers in 1996 at Medical City...I had just began my nursing career.. He always treated me with kindness and I really enjoyed working with him! A fantastically skilled physician whom was greatly respected by his patients and colleagues. He always cut to the chase in conversation and did not mince words... You always knew what you were going to get with Dr Bower. He made this world a better place and will be missed dearly.. Especially that dry sense of humor !!! Condolences to his family and friends...

allan shulkin

June 07, 2014 1:59AM

jeff was a friend ,a colleague and a hero to me he served our country with his military career,and he continued to serve mankind with his practice after leaving the air force. he was a physician of amazing skill and judgement he also knew how to live--great clothes,great restaurants and great friendships this is a better world with the life he lived may G-d give peace to all who mourn this terrible loss

Michael Savin, MD

June 02, 2014 11:50AM

Jeff was a remarkable person, a man for all seasons. He was a friend and colleague, a skilled and knowledgeable physician, and a man of great compassion. He had a direct, no nonsense approach to the most difficult problems in some of the sickest patients one could encounter. Above all else, he was a man of great integrity who never compromised in his responsibility to his patients. I miss him greatly.

Tommy Love, D.O. Class of '69

June 02, 2014 10:37AM

A "Toast to the Host".

Nehad Qudah

May 31, 2014 11:33PM

My thoughts are with Dr. Bower's family and each of his loved ones - there are so many people whose lives were touched by him. Every day I was lucky enough to work with him over the years, he brought such clarity and joy to patients and our workdays. I admired his character and heart, and I learned so much from him. We miss you.

Ralph Wilson

May 31, 2014 1:20PM

Dr. Bower, Col., USAF, was a classmate of mine in USAFA Class of 1969. "We made it through the Sixties" and served onward in the ensuing decades. Only recently have I myself been freed of what I call 40 years of mini-PTSD and Survivor Guilt as a result of inter-service leadership work that I did in 1967 when I led 12 Black American U.S. Army soldiers as Stick Leader and we all earned our Army Airborne Wings at Ft. Benning, then I went to jungle warfare school in Panama; subsequently I returned to USAFA and they were assigned to Vietnam. This condolence note to Col. Bower's family and community is to say that he was one of the fortunate ones who remained strong and productive immediately after graduation. His example has become important to my own continued service. Thank-you to all of you who provided him with the loving, safe community in which he could openly be known as a USAFA graduate and a military officer. It is such an honor for young men and women to be accepted into USAFA -- I encourage all who are qualified to apply to do so. Our nation needs young men and young women who can stand up and take part in helping to provide a more stable and peaceful world. I don't know your faith, but in a more inclusive way I bid you the best and say "God bless us, every one," and God bless America. Ralph W. Wilson, Washington DC.

Ellis Robertson MD

May 31, 2014 7:49AM

He shared humor and compassion with a minimum of words. A rare quality. He is missed. My thoughts are with the family.

Debra Pool

May 31, 2014 1:00AM

Dr. Bower will be missed. I appreciated his dedication and quality of care that he provided to his patients. He was always a pleasure to work with and demonstrated respect and great collaboration with nursing personnel. My sympathy to his family.

David Isaradisaikul

May 31, 2014 12:25AM

Professionally and personally, Jeffrey was so supportive and made my life so much easier. He left this world too soon; it only feels like a few days ago we were discussing cases. My condolences to Veronica, Jeffrey's family, and to all those who cared about Jeffrey over the years.

J Randy Percy

May 30, 2014 10:14PM

We'll miss you Jeff. God be with you and your family. Class of 1969, USAFA. Esse non videri.

Murray Gordon MD

May 30, 2014 3:43PM

Excellent physician. Will sorely miss his critical care. My condolences to the family

Martin L Lazar

May 30, 2014 1:49PM

A very good man and a really fine physician who made a difference to many and will be missed, in addition to his family, by patients, friends, colleagues and co-workers.

charles s white M.D.

May 30, 2014 1:18PM

Jeff was a joy to work with, as well as knowledgeable and compassionate. He tolerated very little nonsense, and could cut to the chase as efficiently as anyone. We will miss him.

Micheal, Juliette, Victor, Carol, Kim, Lisa, Estrella and Melissa

May 30, 2014 10:59AM

With loving respect know that you and Jeffrey are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept the donation to Operation Kindness in memoriam to Jeffrey Bower, MD