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Melvin John "Jack" Rowe III


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Melvin John "Jack" Rowe III Obituary
Born October 8, 1941 in Long Beach, CA. Died November 11, 2014 in Medford, OR of myelodysplactic syndrome with aid of Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

Born a fourth generation Long Beach resident to M. John Rowe Jr. MD and Grace Rowe. He grew up in a house that still stands on Temple near Ocean, built by his great-grandfather in 1911 when it was "way out in the country." Graduated Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar from Wilson High '59. Attended Stanford for 3 years until he was accepted at University of Michigan Medical School, followed by study at UCLA and the Mayo Clinic. Served as a Major in the USAF Medical Corps. During his medical career he gained prominence as a lecturer and author in medical publications. Held teaching and research positions at UC San Diego, UC Irvine and Texas Tech University Medical Centers. Practiced Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology in Long Beach for 19 years, including director of the LB Memorial Medical Center Neurology Lab.

Following in the family boating tradition he raced his Cal 25 "Aura" at LBYC where his kids Katie, James and Carrie swam and sailed. He was active in Rotary for 19 years. Always looking for something to tinker with, in 1977 he purchased the cutting edge of technology - an "Apple II" home computer, serial number 149. He learned Basic programming language and was soon writing for programs for Microcomputing Magazine using his 16 KB memory, audio cassette tape drive machine with a 6" black and white TV monitor. Ultimately he purchased a 2" dot matrix printer to complete the package.

He married Carol Rowe in 1965, divorced in 1989. He married Connie Rowe in 1989 and after Connie's death of breast cancer was happily married to Janet Rowe since 1996.

He retired with Janet to Medford to fly fish and travel. A reader and life-long student of all things scientific and historical (mathematics, physics, archaeology, Egyptology) he spent many hours taking graduate-level online classes in Physics and Advanced Mathematics as well as doing his own science experiments. He was also a student of music and played classical guitar since college.

Predeceased by parents and wife Constance Boddicker Seaman Rowe. Survived by his wife Janet Boddicker Vigil Rowe, his children Katie Rowe, James Rowe, and Carrie Rowe Bellis (John) and grandchildren Colin and Garrett, and his sister Sue DeVinna.

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Published in Gazette Newspapers on Nov. 20, 2014
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