Kenneth Carl Bovee
  • 77 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 1, 1936
  • Date of passing: May 23, 2014
Let the memory of Kenneth be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Kenneth Bovee, 77, born on September 1, 1936 and passed away on May 23, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ken Crowell on 1st September 2016

"I remember many years of fond friendship with both Ken and Terry, a visit to Florida, dinners on Fifield Point and sharing Asian interests."

This tribute was added by Susan Worley on 28th December 2014

"Thinking of the Bovee family"

This tribute was added by Tom Garg on 28th September 2014

"Dear Bovee Family,

I am very sad to hear of Ken's passing. He was my mentor for the entire time that I was at PENN (1994-1998). Rather than simply teaching me facts, he taught me how to think about medicine. Even after 16 years, I still use what he taught me on a daily basis. Ken was very generous with his time and taught me me a lot about life. I will forever be grateful for his mentorship and for his friendship. Your family will be in our thoughts.

Tom Garg"

This tribute was added by Joanne Wood on 26th August 2014

"Ken was a family friend of ours for many years. He went to college with my husband's mother, and when she passed away, we remained in contact with he and Terry. We often visit Stonington, and when we know we're going to be there, we try and meet them for breakfast or dinner at the local café, or at their beautiful home on the island. Ken always had so many stories to tell, and was so informed on so many topics, always a joy to be with. I still have the beautiful Epiphyllum oxypetalum plant which they gave to me several years ago, after I saw and fell in love with their incredible specimen at their home. Whenever it blooms in the summer, it fills the house with aromas of tropical fruit, wild flowers, and far-off exotic lands. I will always think of him when that plant starts to bloom each year! Terry, we send our love and prayers to you for healing and comfort. Be well.
-JoAnne and Doug Wood"

This tribute was added by Don Abt on 23rd August 2014

"At times like these words are so inadequate to express the deep inner feelings that come from a great many years of friendship built upon working closely together as colleagues but more importantly getting to know each other as a friend of a truly fine human being.  The resulting relationships went deeply beyond those created by sharing goals, aspirations, dreams and mutually solving problems encountered.  Our professions brought us together so many years ago but our friendship went far beyond the professional interactions we shared.  Ken was always and forever a Gentleman,  He always strove to see that the best solution to any task was also the honorable and just one.  We spent many hours pondering how we might best attain an endpoint.  His honesty, kindness and caring always led him down the proper paths.  His contributions to our profession and our chosen "Work Home" will always be evident even though he has now left us. But his greatest contribution rests with the many students and colleagues who have tried to follow his exemplary example and make this world a better place by striving to be like him.  We know he is at peace as he so well deserves.

Don Abt"

This tribute was added by Ken Crowell on 23rd August 2014

"Dear Terry, Ben, and Brad,
Ken was about friendship. I remember first meeting Ken and Terry as they pulled their canoe up to the dock in Burnt Cove. It must have been the mid-80s when they were camping on their property on Fifield Point, where they build their home integrated into the landscape.
Fast forward to ca. 1997 when Ken and Terry invited Marnie and me to spend a week at their home in Osprey, Florida. That prompted several visits to the Gulf coast with grandchildren and introduced us to Asian brush painting with Frederica Marshall and hence a friendship with Frederica and Herm, leading to our Asian culture group on Deer Isle with its banquets and a sharing of Ken and Terry's adventures in pottery. Soon Ken became a member of our boys' breakfast group, as Terry called it.
Yes, a loss but the bonds of a generous friendship remain and will continue with Terry.

Ken Crowell"

This tribute was added by Gregory Thibodeau on 20th August 2014

"Dear Terry and Bovee Family,
It is with great sadness that I read of the passing of Dr. Bovee.  I was a first year UPenn veterinary student in need of a Work Study job when I first met Dr. Bovee, and fortunately he allowed me and a couple of my classmates the chance to "work" in his office with his secretary Eleanor.  I'm sure we weren't much help but I very much enjoyed the opportunity to work so close to one of my professors, a man I knew to be a highly respected author, researcher and leader in the veterinary medical field.  I later was pleasantly surprised to learn you were building a home in the same area of Maine as I planned on practicing, and indeed you were both gracious enough to have me over for lunch early in my career.  You also both came to the open house of my first clinic on Deer Isle.  I'm very grateful to have known a man who lived such an accomplished and thoughtful life, and proud to say he was instrumental in shaping me as a veterinarian.  From a grateful student, Greg Thibodeau, VMD"

This tribute was added by Ann Hooke on 13th August 2014

"Dear Terry,

I always admired Ken's warm eyes and smile, his gentle manner, and love of peaceful order as manifest in your home and his Zen gardens on Fifield point. These gardens also meant that you brought many beautiful bouquets to grace the altar at church from these gardens.

He had a special dignity about him, humble and beautiful. I only knew him in recent retirement years but always admired him.

My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time of loss and grief. Love, Ann"

This tribute was added by Bill and Cindy Burgraf on 11th August 2014

"Dear Terry,

You and Ken were well loved by your winter friends. We were proud to have a distinguished professor as a neighbor.  We enjoyed your artistic creations and cherish the memory of our meals together. Our hearts are with you and we hope that you are comforted by your family and
northern friends.

Do you think that you might spend some time here during the winter?

Please send us your current contact information.

We are at:


Bill and Sindy, as well as your Vista II neighbors."

This tribute was added by Koichi Fujii on 11th August 2014

"Dear Terry and family,
We are sorry to hear of your recent loss. We were shocked to hear of Dr. Bovee’s passing in May.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
I could not study at University of Penn without Dr.Bovee. He was always helping me.  I could not say thank Dr. Bovee  enough for all of his help during my time at Penn.
Koichi & Yumiko Fujii"

This tribute was added by Jay Strayer on 10th August 2014

" The Ohio State University, Ken and I were Alpha Zeta frat brothers ....I was his big brother -- Kens' wife Terry was my wife Jill's little sister in a their sorority -- we've been friends for many years and have never lost sight of that  -- I trust ken is in a better and more comfortable place without his long-time health problems --  Jay Strayer, Colonel, USAF, (Ret)"

This tribute was added by Jeff Wortman on 6th August 2014

"Dear Terry & family,
Carol and I were so sorry to hear about Ken's death.  Ken was my teacher when I was a Penn Vet student and the Chair of Clinical Studies-PHL when he and Darryl recruited me to join the Penn Vet faculty many years later in 1981.  I am now retired and very much enjoyed my career at Penn and extremely grateful for Ken's influence and impact.  He played a very strong role in the history and success of our school!

Jeff and Carol Wortman"

This tribute was added by Yoshito Wakao on 2nd August 2014

"Dear Terry,
We are deeply saddened at the news of Ken's death.  We will treasure the memories of Ken.  We never forget Ken's contribution for Azabu University.  Ken's smile encourage us to start something new.  Ken was a great teacher as well as an artist.  He had deep understandings for Japanese culture.  WE really miss him.
Please take care of yourself, Terry.
Our thought are with you.
Your friends,
Yoshito & Chiyomi Wakao"

This tribute was added by Katherine James on 29th July 2014

"Thank you for all you taught me about nephrology during my brief time at Penn."

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