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Paying it


Lycoming College has been instrumental in the lives of Lynn

(Salmons) Bower ’70 and Gary Bower ’70.

Lynn chose Lycoming because she knew she wanted a

small liberal arts college a few hours from home, but Gary

did not plan on attending Lycoming. His family did not have

the financial resources to send him to Lycoming. However,

Gary’s love of golf led him to connect with Frank Kamus, the

director of admissions at the time, and an avid golfer. It was

through Frank’s encouragement and support that Gary was

able to get the resources he needed to attend Lycoming.

“We met in Dr. Mobberly’s biology course, the only

course we ever took together,” Lynn said. “That’s when

the sparks began to fly.”

Gary was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity

and played on the golf team. Lynn was involved in several

activities with her dorm, including serving as a substitute

dorm mother in Forrest Hall. They also both wrote for the


After they graduated from Lycoming in 1970, they went

their separate ways. Lynn moved to Maryland to begin her

career as a third grade teacher and a sales job took Gary

to Illinois.

Twenty seven years later, Gary and Lynn had lost

touch and Gary contacted the Lycoming College

Alumni Office to get Lynn’s address. She had since

moved on to a career in corporate business. Several

months after they reconnected, Lynn had a business

trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where Gary was working

for Baxter International. The rest is history.

Lynn and Gary finally decided to get married

in May of 2000, 30 years after they had

graduated from Lycoming. Years later. They have

started the Gary and Lynn (Salmons) Bower

Endowed Scholarship, funding it today, and for

future generations, by naming Lycoming as the

beneficiary on their IRAs.

“Someone had faith in Gary and invested in his

future, which made it possible for him to have the

opportunity to experience Lycoming. We want to

pay it forward and give others the opportunity to

have the Lycoming experience we did.”

To learn how you too can pay it forward,

please visit

or contact Karen Sheaffer ‘74

Director of Planned Giving

or 570-321-4311