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Charitable bequest by Upper School teacher creates a lasting legacy

Robert Bowbeer says Detroit Country Day School has enriched his life in many ways – with a rewarding career, meaningful connections with students, and lasting friendships with colleagues. He started teaching Spanish at the Upper School in 1987 and served as department chair of World Languages for more than a decade.

Affectionately called Señor “Bow-Cerveza” by students (a clever moniker that incorporates the Spanish word for “beer”), he is known as a tough, but kind teacher, and a stickler for the school’s dress code.

Bowbeer officially retired in 2019, however, he has not stayed away. As of this fall, he continues to grace the Upper School halls, teaching one section of beginning Spanish and covering as a substitute for faculty at a moment’s notice.

“I have loved being part of our vibrant intellectual community for the past thirty five years,” explains Bowbeer. “I never married or had children of my own. Country Day is my family, my home.”

Motivated by his experiences and to show his deep appreciation, Bowbeer made a charitable bequest to DCDS by naming the school as beneficiary of a life insurance policy. His planned gift will support the Upper School library and World Languages, two areas close to Bowbeer’s heart.

“We were incredibly touched when Mr. Bowbeer shared his desire to include DCDS in his estate plans,” says Tina Mangalick Blank ’06, Director of Philanthropy. “With this bequest, he is creating a lasting legacy at Country Day.”

The longtime educator hopes his gift will inspire others to give back. “Country Day has had a profound impact on my life,” Bowbeer says. “I know the school has been transformative for many others as well.”

If you would like more information on making a charitable bequest, visit www.dcds/giving or contact Tina Mangalick Blank ’06, Director of Philanthropy at (248) 430-1064 or

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