James R Bowe

James R Bowe

Partner, Retired since 2000
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

James R. Bowe passed away on January 23, 2009.

James R. Bowe, a native of Frackville, Pennsylvania was born September 11, 1928. He attended the Frackville High School from which he graduated in 1946. He continued his education at American University obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1950. From 1951 to 1953 he served our country in the United States Army attached to the 1st Division during the Korean conflict. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1956.

James began his career as an attorney in Schuylkill County by joining the firm of Burke, Bowe, Dolbin and Heffner. On May 12, 1958 he was admitted as a member of the Schuylkill County Bar upon the motion of his brother, the Honorable Guy A. Bowe, Jr. He left the firm in the early 1960s and engaged in the private practice of law as a solo practitioner in Tamaqua. Finally, in 1979, he created the law firm of Bowe, Lisella and Bowe and served the firm as the managing partner from 1979 until his retirement in 2000.

In addition to engaging in the practice of law, James was the original founding secretary of the Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises, a member of the Tamaqua Lions and Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the Tamaqua chairman for the Schuylkill County Society for Crippled Children.

For many years during his career as an attorney he was an advisory Board member of the former Pennsylvania National Bank.

James was married to the former Georgene Morgan of
Frackville, Pennsylvania. They have resided in Hometown for the past 35 years. They are the proud parents of Bryan Bowe and Allison Bowe.

James recently received recognition as being an attorney and member of the Schuylkill County Bar Association for 50 years.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1979

Litigation Percentage

  • 2% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1958


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania - 1956
  • American University, Washington, D.C
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1950
    • Major: Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • United States Army - 1st Division, 1951 - 1953
  • Tamaqua Lions, Former Member
  • Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, Former Member
  • Schuylkill County Society of Crippled Children, Tamaqua Former Chairman
  • Schuylkill County Bar, Former Member
  • Former Pennsylvania National Bank, Former Advisory Board Member