IOWA CITY, Iowa – Don Bowen and Don Dobrino, University of Iowa football teammates in the 1950’s, have passed. Bowen, passed on June 25 at the age of 84, while Dobrino passed July 4 at the age of 86.
Bowen and Dobrino were members of the 1956 Iowa squad that posted a 9-1 overall record, winning the Big Ten and completing the season with a 35-19 win over Oregon State in the Rose Bowl.
Dobrino lettered from 1954-56 as a Hawkeye running back while also competing for the Iowa baseball team. Dobrino was drafted by Washington in the 10th round of the 1957 NFL Draft, before selecting to pursue a career in baseball. After spending five seasons in the minor leagues, Dobrino began his long and successful career as a high school coach and educator.
Bowen was an offensive lineman and letterman from 1955-57. Following the championship season in 1956, Bowen helped the Hawkeyes post a 7-1-1 mark the following season.