No Boundaries

Angela Bowen, M.D. ’63

Angela Bowen, M.D. ’63, is no stranger to breaking barriers. She graduated as one of only four women in a class of 100 and was one of the first female doctors in the Olympia, Wash., area. And when she wanted access to clinical trials — at the time largely available only to medical-school doctors supervised by university medical review boards — she made her own: the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB), now the largest board in the world, with research sites in all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

After retiring from her private endocrinology practice in 1991, Bowen dedicated her career to pursuing ethics in clinical research. In 2003, she founded the Middleton Foundation for Ethical Studies (MFES), a charitable organization dedicated to helping countries around the world create frameworks for ethical review practices.

Today, Bowen is pursuing her passion of preserving green spaces in her community. She serves on the executive and park committees of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation and runs the Angela J. Bowen Conservancy Foundation. Her most fun challenge to date? Purchasing, revitalizing and running one of Olympia’s cherished community assets: the Olympia Country & Golf Club.

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