Former Burbank Mayor Bob Bowne and his wife, Dianne were recognized for their 30-plus years of leadership, significant contributions and betterment of the community as recipients of the 2011 Woodbury University Movers and Shapers Award during an Oct. 11 luncheon at the school’s Glenoaks Boulevard campus.
Attended by Bowne family members, longtime friends, and a Who’s Who of past and present Burbank civic and corporate leaders, the ceremony, presided over by former Mayor Larry Stamper, included tributes by Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy representing Mayor Jess Talamantes who was in South Korea, developers Vic Georgino and Michael Cusumano, Woodbury University President Kenneth Nielsen, who recently announced he will be retiring in 2012, and former-Burbank City Manager Robert “Bud” Ovrom, who now heads up the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.
Lauding Bowne for his council and mayoral service during what he called “a critical time of transition in the city’s history,” Ovrom said there was no better model for a council member than Bowne. “He was always interested in things that brought people together rather than what tore them apart,” said Ovrom. “He served with the highest level of professionalism and civility.”