After his retirement from the USAF in 1966, following 26 years of active service, "Bill" completed a second career of 23 years as a professor of business math at Beverly's North Shore Community College. At that time, he was very active in the West Newbury community. His civic contributions include membership and one-time presidency of the West Newbury Historical Society; 10 years of service as deputy director of the West Newbury Civil Defense Organization; involvement as a selectman for one term in the early 1970s; associate membership in the Mill Pond Committee; and about 10 years of volunteer work at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans Organization.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no funeral Mass. At the deceased's request, there will be no memorial service, flowers or donations. On September 26, 2013, Col. Rowe will receive military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash., where his cremains will be interred.