Sam P. Bowen, 27 died in an accident on October 11th, 2002 in Ao Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand. He is survived by his love, Christina Baxter Lloyd. Also surviving are his best friend and sister Rachel Bowen and mother JoAnn Albrecht, both of Albuquerque; his father Joseph P. Bowen of Jakarta, Indonesia; his grandmothers, Marjorie Albrecht and Margaret Bowen; as well as other family and his many friends all over the world.

Sam was born in Los Alamos, NM on September 8th, 1975, attended school at the Jemez Bodhi Mandala in Jemez Springs, NM; International School Manila in Makati, Philippines; graduated in 1993 from Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia; graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1997 from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and earned a TOEFL certificate in 1999 from New World Teachers in San Francisco, California. Sam's many interests included travel, philosophy and language education. He was a gifted wood and metalworker, and would take his passion for snowboarding to any slopes he came across. Sam was widely traveled in his too short life, having studied and worked in Jemez Springs, The Philippines, Indonesia, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Greece, San Francisco, Costa Rica, Japan, and Albuquerque. His desire to live life to the fullest took him on many adventures throughout the world. Sam was devoted to his family and friends, and to making the world a better place.

Sam's body was put to rest in Thailand where his ashes were spread across the Andaman Sea. Friends and family gathered Sunday, October 20th at the home of his mother to celebrate his life. His loved ones continued to celebrate his new beginning during a ceremony in his cherished forest, the PeƱas Negras of northern New Mexico, on Sunday, October 26th.

Donations toward his special interest in world literacy may be made to The Literacy Center of Albuquerque, 3113 Carlisle, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110.