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|Rowley, George A.||M.Ed. 1953|
D.O.D 02/2013 - George A. Rowley, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was born on April 18, 1927, near Ringwood, Oklahoma.
George married his high school sweetheart, Alice Fern Doll, in 1946, following his discharge from the Navy in WWII.
George was a loving and compassionate son to his parents and a generous and loving husband and father. He was a hardworking, competitive, yet congenial person of high moral character, who had many friends throughout the country. He was a people person and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He and Fern loved traveling and did so extensively throughout the United States and abroad after their retirement.
George graduated from Ringwood High School, received his bachelorís degree from Northwestern State College in Alva, Okla., his masterís from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and his doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.
He served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of schools in Oklahoma for a total of 39 years, with 37 of those years as a superintendent at Blackwell, Perkins, Coyle and Crawford. He retired in 1988, after 15 years as superintendent of Edmond Public Schools.
During his long and distinguished career in education, George influenced and touched the lives of countless students, colleagues and community members. He received many honors and accolades during his career as an educator, including induction into the OSU College of Education Hall of Fame. He held various offices and positions in the American and Oklahoma Associations of School Administrators, and the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Retired Educators Associations. He was awarded the Very Important Member honor by the OCREA.
George was a valued member of the Edmond community and was named Citizen of the Year by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce in 1987. He served on the Edmond Arts and Humanities Council, Friends of the Symphony committee, and chaired the YMCA Sustaining Membership drive.
George steered the growth of the Edmond Public Schools with a steady and visionary hand from 1973 to 1988.
In 2009, he was honored by the Edmond Senior Community Foundation as one of five Senior Citizens of the Year. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Edmond Educational Endowment and a longtime Presbyterian, attending and serving as deacon, elder, and on various committees of Presbyterian churches in Stillwater, Blackwell and Edmond.