Andrew Scott McGowan, of the Woodlawn Neighborhood, Bronx, N.Y., died Thursday, March 4, 2021, due to complications from cancer.
Born Jan. 7, 1940, he was the son of the late Andrew C. and Teresa Scott McGowan. Born and raised in Avoca, he was an honor graduate of Avoca High School, Class of 1957. He proudly received his diploma from the Avoca High School principal, who was also his father.
Scott was educated at Fordham University (Ph.D., P.D. and M.S.) and the University of Scranton (B.S.), graduating magna cum laude, Class of 1961. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Reserved Officers Training Corps, he reported to Fort Ord, Calif., in December 1962. Discharged in June 1965, with the rank of captain, he was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
He taught English at Harrison High School, New York, from 1965 to 1967. From 1967 to 1988, he was a school counselor and chair of the counseling department at Roosevelt High School, Yonkers, N.Y. He also worked as head counselor in an after school program for disadvantaged youth.
From 1988 until his retirement in 2014, Scott was a professor in the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Development, at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. In 2010, he was named a LIU senior professor, "who has garnered international, national, regional and local reputation for scholarship and service to the counseling profession." During this period, he also served as LIU's coordinator of the Tactical Officers Education Program at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
His scholarly contributions include more than 240 public works in refereed journals, chapters in scholarly books and educational television, most notably "American College Focus," a PBS broadcast. He also served two terms as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association.
Scott received many honors and awards, including the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching (LIU's most prestigious award for instructional excellence), the Outstanding Faculty Award from the US Military Academy, West Point, and the Fordham University, College of Education and Information Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. However, he was especially proud of the University of Scranton O'Hara Alumni Award in education.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marian Kearney McGowan; his son, Andrew S. McGowan Jr., his wife, Katy, and their daughters, Isabella, 13, and Ariela, 10, all of the Woodlawn Neighborhood, Bronx, N.Y. He also leaves his sister, Marianne McGowan and her husband, Richard Scaramozza, Brookline, Mass.; as well as cousins, Carol Scott Ruane and her husband, James, Elizabeth, N.J.; Ann Marie King Menta and her husband, Dominic, West Wyoming; Patrick F. Grady, Stroudsburg; Ambrose McGowan, Scranton; and James McGowan and his wife, Sally, Ellicott City, Md. He is also survived by many loving second cousins in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah and Illinois.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 9 in St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, Bronx, N.Y.
Interment followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y., with full military honors.