William S. Cowles

Honorary Life Member, Board of Directors


William S. Cowles was born in 1923, and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and from MIT with a Bachelors degree in architecture. He served as a destroyer gunnery officer and navigator in World War II.

Mr. Cowles was in the general practice of architecture in Vermont and was a commercial apple grower from 1946 to 1975. He has served as Secretary of the Vermont Human Services Agency, Chair of the Vermont Environmental Board, and Chair of the Vermont Medical Center Hospital Board. He was a founder and architect of the Sugarbush Valley ski area.

In 1976, he and his wife Virginia bought and developed Pine Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies, as a socially and environmentally responsible resort.

After moving to Santa in 1984, they established Los Trigos Ranch in Rowe, New Mexico, where Virginia raised Norwegian Fjord horses. Mr. Cowles has been a board member of Cornerstones Community Partnerships, the Wheelwright Museum, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and a founder of EGIS (Elders Getting Information and Services).

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