Former PRSA Houston President Passes
We are sorry to inform you of the death of John Robert Rowley on April 19 at the age of 87 in East Lansing, Michigan, from complications of a stroke. Mr. Rowley served as president of PRSA Houston in 1974. He also served as president of the Miami, Fla., Chapter. Former Houston Chapter board member Angela Young recalled Mr. Rowley, who hired her at Goodyear Tire & Rubber and then retired in 1984.
Mr. Rowley was born in Narberth, Pa., and was a leader from his high school age. He graduated from Amherst College as president of the Class of 1942, then served the U.S. Navy from 1942-46 as Navigator in Pacific and Atlantic theaters. He held a variety of public relations positions all over the country working for All-American Airways, Carl Byoir & Associates in Washington and Miami, Hill & Knowlton, J. Robert Rowley and Associates in Miami, Goodyear in New York. He then opened its Houston office. After retiring, he became a commercial photographer of golf courses. He moved to East Lansing in 1995 and bcame a docent at Potter Park Zoo and coached a children''s soccer team.
He is survived by his second wife, Pleasantine Wilson Drake, of East Lansing and her five children and families. His first wife died in 1993. Internment will be in Houston National Cemetery later in the year. No memorial has been designated.
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