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David Rowe '55

David Rowe, a diplomat, an educator, an entrepreneur, and a beloved friend to many, died peacefully November 10, 2018, in Hendersonville, N.C.

David, born on June 30,1932, was the son of Gertrude Boyd Williams Rowe and Sumner Conrad Rowe. He is survived by his older brother, Peter, who lives in Florence, Massachusetts. David Rowe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1955.

He also attended Antioch College and the University of Pennsylvania. Having been a cadet in the NROTC, upon graduating, he served as a commissioned artillery officer on the USS Missouri in the South Pacific. After his Navy service, David earned a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which included study at the University of Bologna in Italy

. David's post-graduate education continued later in life at Middlebury College. While a US Foreign Service Officer assigned to the US Mission to the UN, he was enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia University. David's skills included fluency in Modern Greek, Italian, Spanish, and French.David's mother passed away in 1944, when David was 12. Several years later, Sumner Rowe remarried, and David enjoyed having as his stepmother Margaret Grant Brewer, a remarkable woman and a successful pioneer within the corporate world, who brought literature and theatre into her stepsons' lives.

In the 1990s, after retiring from Middlebury College, where he had a position after retiring from the US Foreign Service, David and his partner, George Basil, began to spend winters in Sarasota, Florida, where they bought property, always returning to Vermont in the summer, where David enjoyed gardening.

They also had a home in Leonidion, a town on the Peloponnese in Greece, where they spent a portion of their years, usually in the Spring. In 2011, however, David and George purchased property in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which became their summer home, and left Vermont.

David's last days were spent in Hendersonville. David's diverse career included, most importantly, the United States Foreign Service, which he entered in 1960. He evolved to become a senior and distinguished foreign service officer, serving our country in many capacities at home and in both Europe and South America, as well as at the United States Mission to the United Nations. David served as advisor and State Department liaison to, successively, Ambassadors to the United Nations Daniel Patrick Moynihan, William Scranton, and Andrew Young, from 1975 until 1979. In addition, David contributed to the avoidance of violent conflict in the Middle East during his time at the UN by working with the Middle East team to negotiate solutions and draft resolutions among countries having differences.

He also served as Director of the United States Mission to UNESCO in Paris and in various State Department positions between overseas assignments. In Greece, he served as Chief Political Officer at the US Embassy in Athens; and, early in his career, he served in South America. Wherever he served, David played tennis and he excelled at that sport.After his retirement from the foreign service,

David moved to Vermont, where he had spent his summers before and during college, and his vacations thereafter, in the family house on Lewis Creek in North Ferrisburg. His entrepreneurial skills were brought to bear on starting up businesses. Amongst these was an art gallery that focused on and represented Vermont artists, bringing to the limelight, with shows in New York City, such artists as Woody Jackson.

He also started a school for young people with learning problems. His love for the academic world was fulfilled with his post as Director of what is now Hathaway House at Middlebury College, where he initiated programs directed at spiritual life, including a visit by the Dalai Lama.In retirement, David read extensively in Buddhist thought and attended a Buddhist temple in Sarasota.

David is remembered and mourned by a very extensive group of friends from many parts of the world. To David, his friends were precious and valued; his friends, likewise, respected and loved David. Perhaps of all things, David loved best people, to whom he provided understanding, time, energy, wit and intelligent, spirited support. A memorial service for David Rowe will be held at the Kadampa Meditation Center Florida in Sarasota on December 16, 2018, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Contributions in David's memory may be made to the Center.