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The Linguist 56,6 – December 2017/January 2018

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8 The Linguist Vol/56 No/6 2017 IN MEMORIAM 1947-2017 CIOL's President, Dr Nicholas Bowen HonFCIL, died on 17 September. He had been President since 2012, bringing enthusiasm, imagination and unfailing geniality to the many roles that he undertook. Nick was Chair of Council (1992-96), a member of the Examinations Review Board and later its Chair. He was a founder Trustee-Director of the new IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) in 2001, and its Vice-Chair from 2005 until he took on the role of CIOL President. Members of the Institute who have attended AGMs chaired by Nick will remember his imperturbable good humour, sometimes in contentious situations. Nick went to Lancing College, followed by a degree in economics at the London School of Economics. He then took a Master's at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, and spent some time teaching economics at Kent State University, before starting his PhD on Anglo-American and Argentine relations at Cambridge. In America, he met and married Joan Schaeffer, with whom he had three sons: Phillip, Alex and Chris. After a period at the Regent School of English, Nick moved to the European Business School (EBS), at that time part of City University and now a constituent school of Regent's University. At his retirement, he was Principal Lecturer in International Business, and shortly before his death he was awarded an Honorary Senior Fellowship by the university. In 1983, Nick contacted the Institute seeking language examiners, as the EBS had campuses in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. That was the beginning of a long and fruitful association. He never shrank from difficult tasks, such as the review of the innovative Examinations in Languages for International Communication (ELIC), which had caused serious financial problems on their introduction in 1990. His analysis was delivered with characteristic sensitivity and clarity. In 2013, Nick chaired and guided the governance review that has paved the way for the changes which are ongoing across CIOL. Nick was a thoroughgoing European. He co-authored International Business: Challenges and Choices (OUP, 2010) with Alan Sitkin. One of his notable achievements was travelling to eastern Europe, months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to open up opportunities for a new generation of students, and he continued to be involved in internationalism and education after his retirement, as a member of the European Government Business Relations Council. He will be sorely missed. Words from Joan Bowen Nick was very proud of the work that the Institute does in promoting internationalism and cooperation through languages. The Institute stands for everything that Nick believed in and promoted in his life, academically, socially and personally. Dr Nicholas Bowen CIOL IMAGES © CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU

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