To generations of Hawaii residents, Francis "Miki" Bowers was the Punahou Carnival’s "Malasada Man." But to those who knew him better, Bowers was also a gifted teacher, talented musician, tireless swimmer and much more.
Bowers died on New Year’s Day at age 83.
Bowers taught every math course the school offered and spent 12 years as the department chairman. He supervised the College Board Examination Center for 25 years and introduced the Advanced Placement program. He wrote his own textbook when the one he was using went out of print.
Stanford University named Bowers its "Most Influential High School Mathematics Teacher" three times. He earned the same distinction from Harvey Mudd College in 1992.