We are extremely happy, deeply touched and proud to have Desobry Bowens back in Los Angeles and that his children attend our school.” - Clara-Lisa Kabbaz
Alumni Update: Commander Desobry E. Bowens, USN (Ret) – Class of 1995
· 1st-12th grade (1983-1995)
· Intermediate section (now part of the FSP) 1-5th grade
· English section (now referred to as the ISP) 6-12th grade
· 1995 Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Valedictorian
· 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy,
BS Economics/Minor French
· 2000 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School,
· Currently Real Estate investing and flying the Boeing 757/767 for UPS
· Sons Thomas (3rd grade) and Charles (1st grade) attend Le Lycée
In the 25 years since I graduated from Le Lycée Français and having recently retired from the United States Navy, I am able to reflect back on Le Lycée Français and its impact on my life. My entire education was conducted at Le Lycée’s Overland campus where I was fortunate to have gained a very valuable bilingual and multi-cultural education. Both the ability to speak French and the international exposure to so many cultures from so many countries benefited me greatly in the years since my graduation.
After leaving Le Lycée Français, I attended the United States Naval Academy where I majored in Economics and minored in French. Immediately following the Naval Academy, I attend the Naval Postgraduate school where I received a Master’s in Management and Finance. I was fortunate to be able to select Naval Aviation as my path of service following my time in Annapolis, MD and Monterey, CA. This path took me flying and instructing in various Naval aircraft around the world on and off Aircraft Carriers. I most recently finished my career flying the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
During my time in Naval service, my French language proficiency gave me numerous opportunities that included working at the US Embassy-Paris, working as the French Liaison officer on the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet Staff (Manama, Bahrain) and most recently leading and coordinating dual Aircraft Carrier operations in the Red Sea between the USS John C. Stennis and FS Charles De Gaulle.
The world has only become smaller and more interconnected in the past 25 years, so the ability to understand various cultures and relate to them through language and experience is never more important. My time at Le Lycée gave me the skills to adapt, relate, and thrive in this globally interconnected community we find ourselves living, working, and operating.
Mrs. Clara-Lisa Kabbaz remembers: “He was our first Junior Counselor at Summer Camp. He was a camper until he was in Middle School, and then his mother, Alice Bowens an amazing lady and notable Educator, told her son it was time to “give back” to his school and he volunteered each summer after that.