Nyack High School Class of '55

Harold Joseph Rowland (1917 - 2011)

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Harold Joseph Rowland, known as Joe Rowland, of Pinewood Avenue, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011.  He was 93. 
Born Oct. 18, 1917, in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Frank J. and Mary T. Fleming Rowland. A 1935 graduate of St. Peter's Academy in Saratoga Springs, he graduated from the New York State College for Teachers in 1939. 
He attended the Eastman School of Business in Saratoga Springs, worked as a cost accountant at G.F. Harvey Co. in Saratoga Springs and later taught social studies at Stillwater High School in 1944. In 1945 he attended the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, from which he earned his Master of Arts degree. 
Joe began teaching history in the Nyack school system in Rockland County in 1945 and retired from the district in 1972. During this period, he attended graduate school at Fordham University and Seton Hall University. Following retirement from teaching, he worked for eight years as a sales clerk in Bamberger's department store in Nanuet. In 1980, he returned to Saratoga Springs and later worked in the gift shop of the historical society in Canfield Casino in Congress Park. 
While living in Nyack, Joe traveled the world and then returned home to spend time in his garden and with the thoroughbreds.
He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, John, Francis and Edward (Ned); and a nephew, Edward J. Rowland. To many family and friends, he was known as "Uncle Joe." 
He is survived by his nieces, Marge Rowland, Sandra Butler and Fonda Howard; many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; the Co-eds; and his beloved canine companions, Stella and Cotton.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, 584-5373.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, with the Very Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery on West Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Joe's name to Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 Route 9N, Corinth, NY 12822.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Published in The Saratogian on March 28, 2011

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