Welcome scholarship applicants! This scholarship is for seniors graduating from Glen Ridge High School.
The completed application with essay attached must be turned in to your
guidance counselor no later than April 11, 2014.
The application form is available at the Glen Ridge High School Guidance Office, or you can download a copy here
Thomas Bowden graduated Glen Ridge High School with the Class of 1983.
After he died, we received many cards and letters from people,
describing how Tommy had touched their life. Some gestures were small
things, like the way he befriended a new student. Other gestures were
larger – but they all spoke of Tom’s kind and generous nature.
Please refer to the articles below and write an essay describing how
you – by your words or your actions – have quietly touched the lives of
others, as Tommy did. The essay should be a minimum of one page, typed
A New Jersey Native Son
Thomas H. Bowden Jr. grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., about a dozen miles
due west of Manhattan, and, like any self-respecting son of New Jersey,
he was deeply, openly and emotionally loyal to Bruce Springsteen. He
once argued to his skeptical father that the Boss trumped the Chairman
of the Board as New Jersey's greatest voice. How, then, to explain Mr.
Bowden's love of the Boston Red Sox? Even his mother, Sheilah Bowden,
was a little baffled by that one. The best she could come up with is
that her son had a soft spot for underdogs.
Mr. Springsteen would understand.
Mr. Bowden was 36, an equities trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. He started
there in 1993, the same week as the first terror attack on the World
Trade Center. He and his wife, Deborah, had two children, Sara, 22
months, and Alyson, born two weeks early on Aug. 31. His family now
views this last fact as a small gift from God.
One of his finest qualities, his mother said, was a fierce
protectiveness of family and friends. He remained close to boys he first
met in grade school. Early in the morning he would stand over Sara's
crib, fortifying himself with her smile. Now, thanks to his friends, she
has a necklace with a silver heart engraved with his initials.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 22, 2001.
Thomas Bowden Jr., 36, larger than life
When he married his wife, Deborah, six years ago next week, Thomas
Bowden Jr. invited 340 friends and family members along. He tried, but
he just couldn't make the list any shorter.
For all his life, Mr. Bowden loved being surrounded by those close to
him. "He said we had to invite everyone he listed because they all meant
so much to him," said Deborah Bowden of Wyckoff. "And everyone came.
Our wedding was one huge party. We paid the band extra because we went
an hour-and-a-half over what we had planned."
Sunny, gregarious and fiercely loyal to those he loved, Mr. Bowden, 36, a
bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities in New York, was lost in
the attack on the World Trade Center last Tuesday. Besides his wife, he
leaves two daughters, Sara, 21 months, and Alyson, 15 days old, and a
network of family and friends who extend from his boyhood days on Glen
Ridge's Edgewood Avenue.
"I couldn't imagine having a better older brother because he was like a
rock," said his brother, Paul Bowden, a Fairfield police officer.
"Everyone loved him."
Modest about his financial success, Mr. Bowden was generous to a fault, his family said.
When a relative lost her job, an ample, unsolicited check arrived in the
mail from Mr. Bowden. When another family member's basement was flooded
by a cracked water heater, he paid for the repairs, no questions asked.
One time, he carried a stranger with crutches over a snowbank so the
man could enter a Bloomfield restaurant, said his mother, Sheilah
Bowden. "Everywhere he was, he made a difference and he never talked
A sports fanatic, especially for the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Red
Sox, Mr. Bowden possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the teams. "He
charted his life events based on what sporting events happened that
day," his sister, Kathryn Bowden, recalled.
He wouldn't eat vegetables or blueberry muffins. He thought E- ZPass was
a conspiracy. His friends called them "Bowdenisms," the things that
only Mr. Bowden would think or do.
He was the kind of husband, his wife said, who would sneak up on her as
she stood at the sink doing dishes and hug her from behind.
She'd like to believe that their second child -- born two weeks before
her due date on Aug. 31 -- arrived early, a gift from God, so that "her
father would get to know her."
Mr. Bowden attended Virginia Western Community College and Fairleigh
Dickinson University in Rutherford. He had worked for Cantor Fitzgerald
In addition to his wife, two daughters, mother, brother and sister, Mr.
Bowden is survived by his father, Thomas Bowden, and a brother, James
Bowden of Glen Ridge.
Profile by Kitta MacPherson published in THE STAR-LEDGER.