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July 15, 2010

Emeritus Faculty Member Robert Rowan Remembered

Robert RowanRobert (Bob) Rowan, age 88, passed away on Saturday, June 19, at Wissota Health in Chippewa Falls following a long illness.

He was born on June 7, 1922 in Akron, Ohio, to John and Helen Rowan.

Rowan was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Claribel, in 2004. They met as students at the University of Ohio and lived in New York City, near Cleveland, and near Chicago, before settling in Eau Claire in 1981.

Rowan worked as an industrialist for 35 years before a second career in teaching at the UW-Eau Claire School of Business, where he taught management courses from 1981 to 1988. He greatly admired the UW-Eau Claire and the many students he taught and who taught him, and he enjoyed having the free-time during the summers, much of which he spent at a second home near Cable, WI. He served for six years on the boards of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Eau Claire Industrial Development Corporation, and for one year (1987 to 1988) on the Eau Claire County Board. He spent his final retirement years woodworking, offering consulting to local businesses, studying American history, and guest-lecturing at the UW-Eau Claire. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Eau Claire and the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire.

Rowan served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, as navigator and pilot. His active duty included flying supply missions over the Himalayas between India and China. His war-time experiences made him appreciate pacifist ideologies.

He is survived by his son, Rob, a marine biologist now working in Guam.

Funeral services were held June 23rd at First Presbyterian Church of Eau Claire with Pastor Eric Nielsen presiding.

Rowan desired that any memorials be made to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation or to the First Presbyterian Church of Eau Claire Memorial Fund.

Friends may offer online condolences at

Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

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