Edward L. Rowe, 72, who rose to chairman of glass company


Edward L. Rowe, who rose from apprentice patternmaker to chairman during a 46-year career with Carr-Lowrey Glass Co., died of cancer Thursday at his home in Kingsville. He was 72.

At Carr-Lowrey, Mr. Rowe earned a reputation for producing difficult glass cosmetic containers that his competitors said were impossible.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1941 graduate of Kenwood High School and worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River until he joined the Army in 1943. He participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach and spent 28 months in the European Theater.

Upon his return, he briefly worked for Martin before joining his father at Carr-Lowrey. The company makes specialty glass bottles and has produced them for such products as Chanel perfume, Old Spice cologne and Noxell's Cover Girl cosmetics.

In 1961, Mr. Rowe was promoted to plant manager. He became vice president of operations in 1968, vice president and general manager in 1972 and president and chief executive in 1975. At that time, he was named a corporate vice president with Carr-Lowrey's parent company, Anchor-Hocking Glass Corp.

Though he took night classes, he did not earn a college degree -- "which made his rise through the company even more impressive," said his wife of 47 years, the former Philomena Toscano.

In 1990, Mr. Rowe was promoted to chairman of the company, a position he held until he retired in 1992. He then became a consultant to Wheaton Glass Co. in Millville, N.J., but continued to live in Baltimore County.

His peers in glass manufacturing named him their industry's man of the year in 1993. For many years he was on the Cosmetic, Toiletries and Fragrance Association board of directors and on the boards of the Baltimore Rotary Club and what is now Harbor Hospital Center.

He was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10073 in Kingsville. He also loved big band and jazz music and owned an extensive record collection.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8020 Bradshaw Road in Bradshaw.

Other survivors include three daughters, Rene Monaghan and Trish Monaghan, both of Fallston, and Jane Cramer of Hockessin, Del.; a sister, Mary Jane Brown of Manchester; and seven grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/07/96

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