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Elizabeth Bowdan of South Hadley, died Sept. 12. She was the wife of Newton Bowdan. Born in Hull, England in 1939, she studied the violin, becoming the youngest person to play in the Hull Philharmonic at age 12. The only woman in the honors biology undergraduate program at Durham, she was invited to be a T.A. and earn her Masters degree (on balostema flumenium, a bug that swims underwater) at Mount Holyoke. She was awarded her PhD in Insect Neurophysiology at UMass while studying the locomotion of water-striders with Gordon Weiss, then moved on to work with Vincent Dethier on taste and odor reception in house-flies and, eventually, tobacco hornworm caterpillars. She retired in order to spend more time gardening and playing the violin. She played the violin with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Valley Light Opera, and many quartets. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by a daughter, Janet Bowdan and son-in-law Blair Barondes; step-granddaughters Anna and Leah; a grandson, Noah; and her family in England, two sisters, Ruth and Judith (Stuart); niece Sarah (Luke); cousins Millie Hutcheson (Dave) and Roz Peters; and great-niece Amelia. Memorial contributions may be sent to Lander-Grinspoon Academy, PVS, NCMC (the Elizabeth Bowdan Scholarship Fund), your local Food Bank or a nature conservation group of your choice. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOLME

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