Dorothy V. Rowe, former teacher who was active in her church, dies

Dorothy V. Rowe, a former educator who was active at Towson Presbyterian Church, died Tuesday at Batleigh Chase, an Easton retirement community. The former Hampton resident was 99.

Dorothy Anna Vogel was born in Baltimore and raised on Linden Terrace in Towson. She was the daughter of William Henry Vogel, general manager of the J.E. Smith Co., and Leila Tracey Vogel, a homemaker.

Mrs. Rowe was a 1936 graduate of Towson High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1940 from what is now Towson Univeristy.

In the early 1940s, she taught at Towson and Parkville elementary schools. During World War II, she worked at Bendix Radio on East Joppa Road in Towson.

In 1945, she married William Albert Rowe Jr., a certified public accountant, and the couple later settled in Towson’s Hampton neighborhood.

Mrs. Rowe returned to teaching that year when she joined the faculty of the McDonogh School. She taught for two years there before becoming a homemaker and beginning to raise her family.

She was an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and as the first woman elder. Other church activities included serving as president of the Women’s Association. She also served with the planning and building committees, was newsletter editor and a member of the choir.

After she and her husband moved to Easton in 1980 she became an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Easton, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Historical Society of Talbot County.

Her husband died in 2006.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church of Easton, 617 N. Washington St.

She is surived by a son, William Albert Rowe III of Towson; a daughter, Carol Elizabeth Rowe Sanborn of Nirth Hampton, N.H.; and two grandsons.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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