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The First African American Graduates of the University of Texas School of Law

Albertine Bowie, '56

Albertine Bowie, 1956 Peregrinus
Albertine Bowie,
1956 Peregrinus

A Houston native, Albertine (Tina) Bowie (May 20, 1932-) earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1953. She returned to Texas to attend the University of Texas School of Law in 1953 and graduated in 1956. Ms. Bowie worked as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois under Governor William G. Stratton and was on the Chicago staff of 1960 presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. She also worked as an editor for Commerce Clearing House, Inc.

In 1963, she was appointed special assistant in the Republican National Committee women’s division. She left the position in 1964 shortly before marrying Yaw Turkson, Counsellor of the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, on September 26, 1964. Mrs. Turkson taught courses in the American Legal System and Constitutional Law at Warnborough College in Oxford, Great Britain. She was appointed to President George Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 1990.