Dr. Betty J. Rowen, 92, died December 7, 2012 in Reston, Virginia. She was a professor of "Early Childhood Education" at the University of Miami from 1969 to 1985. In addition she founded and ran the Harmony Creative Arts Center in Kendall from 1977 to 1992. Her books include "Learning Through Movement", "The children We See", "The Learning Match", "Dance and Grow" and "Everything You Want to Know About Dancers". She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women" (1973-80 and 2002). She will be remembered for her tireless determination to make people understand that the incorporation of dance and movement into the education of young children is paramount to opening their receptivity for learning while also serving to unlock their imagination and creativity. She is survived by her son Richard and daughter Lois, and granddaughter Jeanine.
Published in Miami Herald on Dec. 23, 2012