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“I am saddened to read about Dr Rowe's death. From 1976-80 I was one of those SHSU students who used his gym in his Garage. After I left Huntsville...Read More »
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“Safe Passage Dear Friend ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Becky A - Livingston, TX - Friend

“So sorry to hear of the loss of cousin Joe. Always loved to see him on his visits to Roanoke!Tom,Donna, and Patty love from all the Jim ( and Helen)...Read More »
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“I am sadden by the fact I didn't get to see you the last time I was at Texas AM. Tommy, I know Joe was an exceptional brother and scholar. Accept my...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Bob Rowe - Family

“Tom & Donna & family-I'm so sorry to hear about Joe. He was such a wonderful neighbor for so many years. Every time I drive by his house I wondered...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Mellicent Wiley - Huntsvillw, TX

“He was such a sweet Uncle ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Maria Peabody - Cape Coral, FL

“He was such a sweet man. I loved when he would visit grandma's house I'm Ohio. ”
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Dr. Joseph "Joe" Milton Rowe, Jr. passed away peacefully on September 30, 2021, in Murphy Texas with his brother and sister-in-law by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents Milton and Lula Rowe, his sister Millie (Glenn) Vernotzy. He is survived by his brother Thomas (Donna) Rowe, sister Patricia Kurke and many nieces and nephews. He was a loving and generous brother and uncle.

Joe was born on October 27, 1930, in Akron, Ohio where he lived the first part of his life. He attended St. Joseph School and St. Vincent High
School and graduated in 1948. He attended St Mary's in Cleveland, and St. Gregory's in Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1953. Then he earned his Master of Arts with a double major in . History from Kent State in 1956. He attended The University of Michigan for 4 years (1955-1959) working towards his Ph.D., before completing all degree requirements, Joe was hired by The United States Air Force as a National Defense Historian assigned to the Department of the Air Force, Strategic Air Command (1959-1964). Joe wrote the History of the United States Air Force for 3 different Air Force Bases. While stationed at Headquarters, Fifteenth Air Force (SAC, March Air Force Base, California), he also taught history in the extension program of Chapman College, Orange, California. In 1965, Joseph started his teaching career as a History Professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he taught History to many students for over 42 years. During that time he finished his Doctorate in History at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Joe was presented with an Appreciation of Twenty-Five Years of Service and a Dedication of Service to the Department of History from 1965-2007.

Dr. Joseph M. Rowe, Jr. will be laid to rest in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.