John Rowley

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Age 86, John Rowley passed away Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 at his home in Santa Fe. John was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 22, 1927. He later obtained his Ph.D in Physics at the University of Michigan. During those years, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Livingstone McClean. John and Mary moved west to the "secret city" of Los Alamos in 1957 when John accepted a research position at LANL as a geophysicist. Later, they moved to the then newly developing area of White Rock, where they lived for 40 years. John continued his work at LANL until his retirement in 1998, at which point he continued to be involved in geothermal research as a consultant nationally and internationally. John is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary. He is survived by his two children, Mikel and wife Carol of Albuquerque and Wendy Burditt and husband Randy of Truth or Consequences. Also surviving their grandfather are two precious granddaughters, Jennifer Neeley of T or C, and Megan Burditt of Alva, Okla., John was also the proud great grandfather of three great grandchildren, Buddy, Tara and Shane. John was a brilliant scientist, a loyal friend, devoted husband and a wise and caring head of our family. John was an advocate of education and was always curious about the world, and believed that asking questions and engaging in life was of paramount importance to the quality of our future. John will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. Our heartfelt thanks to Ambercare Hospice for their compassionate care and friendship, a very special group indeed. Family will commemorate John's passing privately. If friends are so inclined, gifts remembering John may be made to the National Audubon Society, an organization loved by both he and his wife.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Oct. 27, 2013