Biography of Joseph E. Rowe
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Joseph Eugene Rowe, Ph. D., L. L. D. - Among the most prominent educators in the North Country perhaps none is better known than Doctor Rowe, who is president of the Clarkson College of Technology, at Potsdam. He was born at Emmitsburg, Md., March 21, 1883, the son of Charles Jacob and Cora (Hoke) Rowe.

Joseph Eugene Rowe attended the public schools of Gettysburg, Pa., and was graduated from Gettysburg College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1904, with highest honors. During 1904-5 he attended the University of Virginia, and in 190940 he was a Fellow in mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy there in the latter year. He was an instructor in mathematics at Goucher College in 1910-11; taught at Haverford in 1911-12; at Dartmouth College in 1912-14; and was assistant professor, associate professor, and finally professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania State College from 1914-20. Doctor Rowe then became professor and head of the department of mathematics at William and Mary College from 1921 until 1928, and was director of extension work there from 1924 until 1928. He came to Clarkson College of Technology in August, 1928, as president of the institution.

On Sept. 6, 1911, Dr. Rowe was united in marriage with Miss Nina King, of Baltimore, Mr. They have two sons, Joseph Eugene, and Richard King.

Dr. Rowe is a member of the American Mathematic Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi, and Theta Chi fraternities. He is the author of numerous articles and a book on mathematics, and has invented several important instruments used in mathematical calculations. He was assistant physicist of the National Advisory Commission for Aeronautics from May, 1918, to February, 1919.

During 1920-21 Dr. Rowe was chief ballistician at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ordnance Department, U. S. Army.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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