St. Croix – Senate President Donna A. Frett-Gregory on behalf of the Members of the 34th Legislature offers condolences on the passing of our beloved Mrs. Yvonne Milliner George-Bowsky. Mrs. Bowsky, an esteemed Educator par excellence and Businesswoman, served the Virgin Islands community in many different capacities during a 56- year period.
Mrs. Bowsky served as Insular Superintendent of the St. Thomas/ St. John District from 1989 until her retirement from Government in 1994. In that capacity, Mrs. Bowsky successfully led the efforts to obtain re-accreditation of Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) and the accreditation of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School for the first time in its history.
In 1973, Mrs. Bowsky was named Principal of Peace Corps Elementary School. During her tenure as Principal of Peace Corps, Mrs. Bowsky was instrumental in transforming the complex of empty dormitory rooms into a viable Elementary School with a reputation for educational excellence within the community. She provided fifteen years of dedicated service to the children, parents and faculty in the Peace Corps community. In 2006, Mrs. Bowsky’s beloved school was renamed in her honor as The Yvonne Milliner Bowsky Elementary School.
The Virgin Islands lost a great woman with the passing of Mrs. Bowsky. She was an innovative and visionary leader whose commitment and dedication to the students and people of the Virgin Islands was unwavering.
During her retirement years, Mrs. Bowsky remained very active in the Virgin Islands community. She was the owner of Bowsky Auto Sales and Car Rentals, Inc. and was intricately involved in its day-to-day operations for twenty-eight years until she became ill. Mrs. Bowsky was a life-long active member of Christchurh Methodist Church and served on several boards, most notably the Government Employees Retirement System Board, where she served 10 years.
To her two sons, George Dexter Brown and Clifford Bowsky and their families, the members of the 34th Legislature offer condolences. “Today is certainly a sad day in the territory as we all mourn the loss of a stalwart who have made so many contributions to these wonderful Virgin Islands, ” stated Senate President Donna A. Frett-Gregory.