Trustee Luke Fowler is proof you don’t have to attend Franklin to be part of the family. His connection stretches back to Franklin’s beginning, when his father Harry sat on the school’s first advisory board. Two of his siblings attended, and eventually, so did his son Wyatt.

Family Ties

Luke’s older brother, Win Fowler ’74, was a member of one of Franklin’s first classes, and his sister, Angela Fowler ’75, quickly followed. Both attended for two years, and Luke visited them in Lugano several times. About his siblings’ time at Franklin, Luke said, “It opened their eyes to the world—and mine too. It made me realize there was a whole world out there to explore.”

Angela’s strong bond with Franklin included Luke. “She’s invited me to events and kept the connection alive over the years; she’s done so much for Franklin,” he explained. Angela was a longtime Franklin board member and funded the major renovation of the renamed Fowler Library. Luke and his wife Rhonda joined her at the grand opening.

The Next Generation

A generation later, Fowler got to re-experience that sense of international adventure through his son, Wyatt Fowler ’12, who decided to attend Franklin in his senior year of college. Wyatt quickly learned to make the most of the school’s location. “Switzerland is so central to everything,” Luke said. “We’d get a note from Wyatt saying, ‘We’re going to Croatia this weekend and stopping in Venice for lunch!’”

The travel experience Wyatt gained at Franklin served him well after graduation. He worked in Costa Rica for a hostel and surf school called Room2Board. With that insight, in San Francisco, he joined AwayCo, connecting surfers and skiers around the world with new boards and ski equipment wherever they travel, and helped open locations in Portugal, El Salvador, and Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

 

Get the full story on page 55 in the Spring 2020 Franklin Gazette.