John Cowans age 95 a lifelong educator and Gary resident, passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, November 6, 2017. He was born March 1, 1922 in Union Springs, Alabama and moved to Gary in 1956. He taught at Drew Elementary School for 32 years before retiring from Gary Public Schools in 1988 and was the first Black Vice-President of the Indiana State Teacher's Association from 1966 to 1969. He was preceded in death by his wife Roberta in 2003. John will be lovingly remembered by his five daughters, Carmen, Cheryl, Vickie, Judy, and Emelia, seven grand-children, ten great-grand-children, two great-great grand-children, one sister-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A memorial service in celebration of John's life will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 626 W. 21st Avenue, Gary.