- July 22, 1982
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Faubion Bowers (1917-1999) was a well-known author and academic of Asian art and culture. Bowers graduated from Columbia University in 1935 and from Juilliard Graduate School of Music in 1939. From 1940 to 1941, he taught at Hosei University in Tokyo. After the conclusion of World War II, Bowers worked as the personal interpreter for General Douglas MacArthur and was present for the intial meeting between Emperor Hiohito and the general. He also worked as an official censor, where he championed for the preservation of Japanese theater. During his time with MacArthur, he fought for kabuki, a classical Japanese dance-drama, which was going to be banned for it's content of feudal values. He promoted and supported kabuki plays and was awarded by the government of the Japan the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1985 for his work. Bowers published a vast amount highly recommended books on Japanese and Asian culture. He is most well-known for writing the first full-length two-volume biography of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. He was a member of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts in New York City, where he spent the remainder of his life.