US VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. released the following statement on the passing of former St. Thomas educator and businesswoman Yvonne Milliner George-Bowsky:
“The Virgin Islands has lost an icon and pioneer in the advancement of our territory’s early childhood education with the passing of Principal Bowsky. A longtime educator, some of her many achievements include the principalship of the then-Peace Corps Elementary school in the 1970s, where she transformed the abandoned facility into an elementary school with a reputation for its high educational standards.
She also served as the Insular Superintendent for the St. Thomas St. John District at the Virgin Islands Department of Education for several years until her retirement in 1989. In 2006, the Peace Corps Elementary where Bowsky served as principal was renamed in her honor. Principal Bowsky, through her many contributions to the educational and political fabric of our territory, makes her a shining example of Virgin Islands excellence.
“Yolanda and I extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all in the Virgin Islands community who are mourning her loss.”