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Fairman Chaffee Cowan, American lawyer. Bar: Massachusetts 1940. Co-recipient Worcester State College Community Service award; recipient Isaiah Thomas award, 1995, Great Guy award, Worcester Young Women’s Christian Association, 2005, Good Guys award, Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, 2007.


Cowan, Fairman Chaffee was born on April 22, 1915 in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James Franklin and Hortense Victoria (Fairman) Cowan.


AB magna cum laude, Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1937. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1940. AMP, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963.


Associate, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, Boston, 1940-1941;partner, Goodwin, Proctor & Hoar, 1952-1954;general counsel, clerk, secretary, vice-president, director, Norton Company, 1955-1979;counsel, Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1979-1990.


  • Bar: Massachusetts 1940.


Member Citizen Plan E Association Worcester, 1957-1987. Vice chairman Worcester Civic Center Commission, 1977-1979. Chairman Private Industry Council, Worcester Area Comprehensive Employment Training Act Consortium, 1979-1983.

Board directors Legal Assistance Corporation of Center Massachusetts, 1982-1986, Social Service Planning Corporation, 1975-1988, Worcester Municipal Research Bureau, Inc., since 1986, Massachusetts Job Training Inc., 1983-1992, Elder Home Care Services of Worcester, Inc., 1987-1992, Daybreak, Inc., 1993-1996. Incorporator Alliance for Education, 1986—2003, Worcester Dynamy, Inc., since 1992, Worcester Young Women’s Christian Association, since 2001, Worcester History Museum, since 1995, YOU, Inc., since 1983, American Red Cross Central Massachusetts, since 2000, United Way Central Massachusetts, 2000. Member State Job Training Coordinating Council, 1985-1987, Worcester Housing Partnership, 1986-1993.

Trustee Clark University, 1964-1976, 79—, Memorial Hospital, Worcester, 1967-1986. Member board overseers Planned Parenthood League Massachusetts, 1992-2001, member advisory board Massachusetts Coastal Resource Board, 1992-2000. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.

Member American Antiquarian Society, Massachusetts Civic League (vice president 1947), Worcester Club, Worcester Committee on Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Phi.


Married Martha Logan Allis, April 24, 1943. Children: Douglas Fairman, Frederick Allis, Leonard Chaffee.

James Franklin Cowan

Hortense Victoria (Fairman) Cowan

Martha Logan Allis

Douglas Fairman Cowan

Frederick Allis Cowan

Leonard Chaffee Cowan