PETER ROWE


 

PETER ROWE  

Of Chevy Chase, Maryland, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2014, at the age of 84 years after a short illness. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Peter arrived with his family in the United States in 1939 just prior to the start of World War II. He first lived in the Bronx, NY, and then Paterson, NJ, attending East Side High School where he met Judith, his wife of 62 years. Following his graduation from the Lowell Textile Institute he earned an MBA at New York University. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a Supply Officer. It was there that he began cultivating his love and enjoyment of people and developed his sense of leadership. He remembered this time fondly throughout his life and spoke of it often. Following his service, he earned a Masters degree in Mathematics, also from NYU. He spent his entire professional career focusing on the development and use of computers in business, working first for IBM and then for the J.M. Huber Corporation. He lived in a number of New Jersey communities, finally in Princeton, before moving to the Washington, DC area.
Peter enjoyed meeting people everywhere he went, even more so when this required speaking Hungarian. He possessed a remarkable ear for music and his radio was always switched on. He was a fine photographer and an excellent visual artist. He took great pleasure in the endless skills and tasks required for sailing. He enjoyed writing frank letters to the editors of various major; newspapers, taking particular pleasure in their frequent publication. He was an avid cook, always enjoying the fruits of his own and other's kitchen labors.
He leaves behind his wife, Judith Rowe, and three children: Michael Rowe of Berkeley, CA, Jonathan Rowe of North Brunswick, NJ, and Rebecca Littman Rowe of Gan Yashiya, Israel. His younger brother, Paul Rowe, lives in Short Hills, NJ. Peter had five grandsons of whom he was immensely proud: Lev, Jasper, Noam, Asa, and Aviv. He had an extended family all over the world who loved him very much as well as an uncountable number of friends. We will all miss him deeply.
In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made in his name to the public broadcasting network of your choice.
Services private. You may contact the family via e-mail at judithrowe.rowe@gmail.com



Published in The Washington Post on June 1, 2014