Robert Gowan (1937 - 2013)

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Gowan, Robert Thomas (Tom) Robert Thomas Gowan passed away on November 13, 2013, at his home in Dallas. Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in late August and his health deteriorated rapidly. His family was blessed to have such a loving and faithful husband, father, and grandfather. His life and works, which were characterized by unfailing integrity and generosity of time, talent, and possessions, earned him the love and respect of many. Born November 13, 1937, to William Crozier Gowan and Meyerer Dollinger Gowan, Tom grew up in Highland Park, where he attended high school. As a youth, he spent summers working at his beloved Bar-U Ranch in Clay County. Tom graduated from the University of Texas and SMU School of Law before beginning a long and successful carrier as a real estate attorney in Dallas. As an adult, Tom devoted himself to his wife and three daughters and to service and leadership at both his parish, the St. James Episcopal Church, and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Tom's nearly 50 years of selfless work for the Church extended God's kingdom on Earth and touched thousands of lives. Tom loved his Lord, his family, the Bar-U Ranch, and Longhorn football, usually in that order. A cowboy at heart to the very end, he was a tireless and faithful steward of the family ranch, which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1876 and is, thanks to Tom, a legacy for his grateful children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Elizabeth (Betsy) McIlheran Gowan and his three daughters: Ann Jacobson of Flower Mound, Madelyn Holmes of Dallas, and Katherine Gowan of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by: five grandchildren, Brooke and Rebecca Jacobson, and Allie, Thomas, and Layne; and his brother William Crozier Gowan, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother John Richard (Dick) Gowan. A Memorial Service will be at St. James Episcopal Church, 9845 McCree Road, Dallas, TX 75238 on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church. Online condolences may be made at


Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013
Robert Thomas Gowan
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