Gerald Bowden also represented Dulwich on the Greater London Council 1977–81. He was an honours graduate in Jurisprudence from Magdalen College, Oxford; was called to the bar at Gray's Inn and qualified as a chartered surveyor at University of Reading (formerly the College of Estate Management), practising part-time in these professions. He held an academic appointment as a principal lecturer in the law of property at London South Bank University (formerly South Bank Polytechnic) from 1971–1984. On leaving Parliament he took up an academic appointment at Kingston University and resumed practice at the planning bar.
He was a trustee of the Royal Albert Hall, and was previously Chairman of the Dulwich Estate (Alleyn's College of God's Gift) and the Walcot Foundation, a trustee of the Magdalen College Development Trust, and the Oxford and Cambridge Club. Commissioned during National Service he continued to serve in the T.A retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Bowden's daughter Emma died when the seaplane she was travelling in crashed into Cowan Creek, north of the Australian city of Sydney, on New Year's Eve, 2017. Emma and her daughter Heather Bowden-Page were both killed immediately alongside her fiance Richard Cousins, 58, and his two sons William, 25, and Edward, 23.
- "Ex-Tory MP father of seaplane victim tells of his grief" p 13 Daily Telegraph Issue no 50,580 dated Wednesday 03 January 2018
- Times Guide to the House of Commons 1992
- Who's Who
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Gerald Bowden
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