Bill Bowerman was born in Portland, Oregon to Jay Bowerman, who was the 13th Governor of Oregon. His parents got divorced when he was only 2 years old and he went on to live with his mother in Fossil.
1941-1945: served in US army during WW2, received 4 bronze star and one Silver Star Medal for his distinguished service.
1948-1962: coaching career at Medford High School and University of Oregon (jogging and 4-miles relay team).
1964: started an athletic footwear contribution company with Phil Knight called Blue Ribbon (later Nike Inc.). He also played a role as a prime designer of the athletic purpose shoes of the company.
1968: Designed the famous “Nike Cortez” Shoes which instantly became hit amongst sportsmen shoes and until now still Nike’s biggest selling iconic design.
1999: Bowerman died in his sleep at his home in Fossil, Oregon at the age of 88.