Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
The son of a minister who also was a Bucknell graduate, Class of 1895, Frank Bower majored in the A.B. course and was president of Theta Alpha Phi honorary dramatic society. He was active with Cap and Dagger, the French Club, and the Commerce and Finance Club.
Following graduation, he entered Andover Newton Theological Seminary where he received a divinity degree in 1937. He then went on to pastorates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire Vermont, and New York before settling in Madison, Connecticut, where he served the First Congregational Church for 36 years and still holds the title of Pastor Emeritus. His tenure at that church was interrupted briefly during World War II when he served in the chaplaincy.
In 1976, he was honored by his congregation to mark the 35th Anniversary of the pastorate and was lauded with the "Franklin Bower Day" by the town of Madison. The Jaycees of the area recognized him as "Man of the Year," the Lion's Club accorded him its "Distinguished Service Award," and the trustees of the Rotary International Foundation named him Paul Harris Fellow for his furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world. In a Reunion questionnaire that he once submitted, he said: "Bucknell opened the portals of a greatly expanded life for me - my professional life would not have been possible without Bucknell - my personal life has been vastly enhanced and enriched because of all Bucknell has done for me."