Lynn Eastman Bowdish, one of the first women ordained as an Episcopal Priest, has been serving Daly City, San Bruno and northern San Mateo County for the past fifty years. Known for her strength and spirit, Lynn takes on challenges to accomplish things that need to be done. Lynn grew up with two very influential women in her life: her mother and her grandmother, both who were left to raise children on their own. They taught her to believe in herself and in everything she does, to dream big, and go for it. At 17, Lynn attended a conference for the Episcopal Church in America for six weeks in the British Isles. Upon her return, she attended University of the Pacific and continued her work with the church. Though at the time, women were not welcomed into priesthood, Lynn continued to work with the church and volunteer in the community, becoming the first woman to be a Vicar. As a life-long promoter of healthy living, she was active in the formation of many community projects including the Seton Medical Center Community Advisory Committee, the RotaCare Free Clinic, Seton Medical Center Home Health Committee, Daly City ACCESS, and the Healthy Aging Response Team, among others. Lynn later returned to her education earning a Doctorate of Ministry. At age 72 she volunteers full time as Assistant Priest at St. Martin Episcopal Church in Daly City where she is helping the Vicar in developing and rebuilding the congregation following a devastating fire.
*This biography and photo of the honoree was published in 2012.