Robert Bowen is a 4th generation Colorado Native. His Great Grandfather came to Colorado shortly after the Civil War. His family lived in a poor neighborhood where the Auraria Higher Education Center is today. Robert spent his first 12 years in that neighborhood. His family owned a corner grocery store, and from first grade on, he had chores in that store.
Robert went to the Seminary after High School to be a priest. He left after a year and became the first member of his extended to ever go to college. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in its 2nd class. His degree was History and Political Science. Both of these subjects are his love and passion to this day. After a few years in political jobs, Robert decided to become an entrepreneur. Over his career, he either owned or ran businesses.
He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1982 and served three terms. His most proud accomplishment was passing the legislation that resulted in Denver’s Light Rail system.
Robert is a published author. His first book, The Vision, The Struggle, How MSU Denver Began, is a history of the struggle to create a college to educate all persons regardless of their GPA, their ethnic background, or the size of their parents’ bank account. It is also a history of what Denver and America were like in the 1960s after the Summer of Love. Robert was a student leader and activist during college.
Robert is now retired (in name only) and is involved in Toastmasters, various social causes, and writing two books.