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Joseph H. Cowan Age 93, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2012 in Santa Rosa, CA with his loving daughter, Michele, at his side. A native of Tennessee, born January 2, 1919, he served with honor and distinction in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 and retired as a Major from the United States Army Reserve in 1959. While serving as transportation officer at Dewitt General Hospital in Auburn, California, he met and courted Marjorie Lafaurie of San Francisco, an Army nurse. They secretly eloped and were married in Reno's St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral on September 11, 1944. Their wonderful union lasted 67 years. He graduated from San Francisco Law School in 1950 and was employed by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 1950 to 1956; Citizens Federal Savings & Loan from 1956 to 1974; and California Federal Savings and Loan from 1974 to 1985. Active in business related activities, he held high ranking positions in the Bay Cities Savings and Loan League, Federal Home Loan Bank Task Force, and United States Savings and Loan League. He served his community through energetic contributions to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, International Hospitality Center, Goodwill Industries, Kiwanis Club, YMCA, and Harkness Community Hospital. In 1983 he was honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the YMCA of San Francisco. His love of travel took him and Marjorie throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe including the former Soviet Union. He was a veracious reader of nonfiction with an intellectual curiosity and profound appreciation for geopolitical history. Beginning as a caddie at age 11, he had a lifelong love of the game of golf. He was a founding member of Palo Alto Hills Country Club and long time Olympic Club member. He played regularly until age 82. At age 83 he researched, wrote, and published a remembrance of golf in 1930's entitled A Caddie Remembers. He was working of a second book of early 20th Century life at the time of his death. Joe will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for his strong sense of duty, generosity, keen intellect, and extraordinarily clever humor. He is survived by Marjorie, his devoted wife; son Joseph; daughter Michele; son James and his spouse Joanne; grandsons Brian and Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Notre Dame Des Victioires, 586 Bush Street, San Francisco, on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 2:00PM. In accordance with Joe's wishes, he will be inurned at a National Cemetery will full military honors. Condolences may be sent on-line to jmcowan1945@yahoo.com Daniels Chapel Of The Roses Funeral And Cremation Services 707-525-3730
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 15, 2012
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