CARTHAGE, NORTH CAROLINA - Donald A. Rowland, of Carthage, North Carolina, age 89, died at his home on Dec. 22 (his 64th wedding anniversary), after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
CARTHAGE, NORTH CAROLINA - Donald A. Rowland, of Carthage, North Carolina, age 89, died at his home on Dec. 22 (his 64th wedding anniversary), after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years. He lost his wife, Lucille Clark Rowland in July of this year.
He was a WWII Veteran, and a member of the Masons for 49 years.
Donald was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Rochester, to Arthur Ruben Rowland and Mabel Ockenden Rowland. He graduated from high school in LeRoy, New York, in 1939. While attending Alfred University, he enlisted in the Army (1942-1945). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, for meritorious achievement, as Sergeant-Major and Operations Sergeant, Task Group, 592nd Engineer Regiment, Sergeant Rowland displayed outstanding leadership, technical skill, and organizing ability in many phases of engineer amphibious operations. During the preliminary planning for the assault against Legaspi, Luzon, Philippine Islands, he devoted himself with painstaking application to the accurate compilation and publication of loading plans, beach diagrams, and logistical preparations. Following the initial landings, he capably coordinated road and dump construction, and the operation of a military railroad as well as dock and beach cargo unloading facilities. His technical skill as a draftsman and thorough knowledge of administrative procedures were reflected to conspicuous advantage in numerous engineer projects as he maintained close liaison with all echelons of the command. Through his exceptional ability, resourcefulness, and unremitting devotion to duty, Sergeant Rowland made a noteworthy contribution to the success of the 592nd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment.”
On Dec. 22, 1945, he married Vivian “Lucille” Clark, of Whitesville, New York, whom he met at Alfred University. In 1948, he graduated from Alfred with a BFA in Industrial Ceramic Design. While going to Alfred, he worked for Andover China becoming production supervisor. After graduation, he was recruited to Oklahoma A&M at Okmulgee to establish a new Department of Ceramic Technology in School of Technical Training. He organized the Oklahoma’s Potter Association, and gave shows at the Oklahoma State Fair on the Potter’s Wheel. His children recall the two beautiful 8’ by 10’ murals he painted on their bedroom walls of the Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan & Capt. Hook, from the Walt Disney Movies of that time. He also designed, manufactured & marketed a line of Arrow Head Pottery, with the assistance of a local Indian artist. The Rowland family returned to New York in 1955 where he worked for Westinghouse in Bath, earning numerous Patents for new TV vacuum tubes he helped develop. In 1959, he returned to his love of teaching. He presented Art Skills on Educational TV in Corning and started teaching Art in Bath in 1960. He received his MS in Art Education from Buffalo State in 1963, & became Chairman of the Art Department at Haverling High School in Bath. From 1966-68, he was Chairman of Western Central New York Art Teachers Association, as well as Secretary of the State Art Teachers Association. He enjoyed sailing and racing E-scows as a crew member on Keuka Lake, painting, and working on the family genealogy. He retired from teaching in 1978 & volunteered over 3,500 hours at the Bath VA, starting the first Veteran’s Military Museum in 1977, and assisted many other sites around the country in starting similar Museums. In 1980, he became Historian for the Town of Wayne, on Keuka Lake, where they lived, and also painted a scenic map of Wayne on the wall of the new Town Commissioner’s Conference Room. He retired as Town Historian in 1996 when he and Lucille moved to Carthage, North Carolina, to live with their son, & to enjoy spending more time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Town of Wayne had to add, and Dedicated to him, an Archives Room, to store the 100 notebooks Don compiled on Wayne History.
Donald and his wife, Lucille, had three children, Michael Rowland M.D. of Carthage, North Carolina, Connie Friedman of Carthage, North Carolina and Bonnie Kearns of Gloversville, New York; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren..
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Lucille; an infant daughter, Nancy; his older brother, Archie, age 91; and his parents.
First Health Hospice provided outstanding care and support to Don (and Lucille) during their final months, so the family requests, instead of flowers that Memorial Gifts be made to First Health Hospice 5 Aviemore Drive, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.
Arrangements are by Powell’s Funeral home of Southern Pines.
“A Celebration of His Life” was held by his family during their Christmas Day gathering.
A Memorial Service will be announced at a late date for after the holidays for friends and out of town family.