Harry Dean Boward

1946 -  

Dean Boward, an organist, saxophonist, and conductor, taught music in four Seventh-day Adventist academies in a career that spanned forty years. Even though he kept a grueling schedule during those years, he retained his enthusiasm for teaching music when he retired.

Dean was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, the only child of Harry Junior and Helen Kline Boward. Although his parents were not musicians, they supported his study in music and when they noted his interest in piano after he started lessons at age eleven, surprised him with a gift of a used grand piano he had found and liked.

He learned to play the saxophone at Mt. Aetna Academy, now Highland View Academy. His academy music teacher, Betty Martin, now McPeck, became an important person in his musical development, a continuing source of inspiration and encouragement, and a lifelong friend and mentor.

After graduating from MAA in 1964, he enrolled at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, initially registering as an elementary education major. By the end of two years and some uncertainty about what he wanted to do, he changed his major to music, having been encouraged to do so by music teachers at the college and by Martin, his academy teacher.

Paul Hill and Adelle Haughey, later Claypool, inspired him in the choral and instrumental areas, respectively, as he completed a B.S. in music education. After graduating from CUC in 1971 with organ as his performance area and Van D. Knauss as his teacher, he began his teaching career at Pine Tree Junior Academy in Maine.

While pursuing his degree at CUC, he had met and married Dorothy Jean Anderson in 1969. Although a nurse by training, she was an accomplished pianist who had been raised in a musical family. Her father, Arvid Anderson, was a pianist who had earlier taught at Broadview College, now Academy, and later maintained a private studio.

After two years at PTJA, the Bowards moved to Hinsdale Junior Academy in Illinois, where he taught music for the next six years. During his time at HJA, he completed an M.Mus. in music education at Andrews University in 1978, with organ and saxophone as performance emphases.

In 1979, Boward accepted a position at Broadview Academy in Illinois, where he taught for the next twelve years. During this time, Dorothy worked as the school nurse and taught piano for eight years. While there, he received the Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989, and both of them were honored with a BVA yearbook dedication in 1991:

No 6:45 AM band, no visits to the sick, no organist for church, no piano teacher - life would certainly be different at Broadview without Mr. and Mrs. Boward. For years we have seen your talent, energy, and genuine concern for us at work. Now it's our turn to take note of you and dedicate our effort in the form of this book.

That year, he joined the faculty at Andrews Academy, where he was supervising instructor for music activity. In his last six years there as he approached retirement he directed four choirs and the band, orchestra, and handbell ensemble, activities that involved over fifty percent of the student body. When he retired, the school hired two teachers to cover the program he had developed at the academy and his work at the affiliated elementary school.

Boward started serving as a minister of music in churches at age seventeen, directing choirs as well as playing the organ. This service has been continuous, except for two years while at Broadview Academy, and primarily in the Lutheran church.

The Bowards have two sons, Michael and Mark, who studied music with their father. Mark continues to be active as an amateur musician.


Sources: Interviews with Dean Boward, March and April 2011; Andrews Academy website; Charles C. Case, "Excellence in Teaching Awards," Lake Union Herald, August 1989, 6; Broadview Academy 1991 yearbook, Encore.