Melvin John "Jack" Rowe III
1941 - 2014
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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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September 26, 2018
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SINCERE CONDOLENCES 1 PETER 5:6,7
November 25, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your dear love one, Mr. Rowe III. May God who knows your sorrow bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. 2Cor1:3
January 12, 2017
With deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. (Matthew 21:22)
D. Wilmington-California
December 12, 2014
I have wonderful memories of Jack as one of my brother's (Steve Archer) best friends at Horace Mann, Jefferson and Wilson. They were in Scouts together and I think Jack was on my dad's swimming and water polo teams. I believe he did some early fly fishing in the Sierras when the Scouts came up to our summer camp. Over the years I had heard wonderful things about Jack from friends in the medical community. I know he will be missed but has left behind a wonderful legacy for us to remember him by.
Suzie Archer Scott
December 11, 2014
Dearest Friend Janet and all of your Families. A tremendous loss of a very special,courageous Person, Dr ,Husband, Father and Grandfather. The Heartfelt Loss and Sorrow felt by all that knew this incredibly Strong, Brave and very Kind Man is very difficult for all that knew and honored him to accept, Unfortunately, there is no "Band Aid" that can make the Loss and Heartaches better for all of us that were so fortunate to have known him. This very special Courageous Man will be missed by all that came in contact with him, especially all of your families. The Memories of "Grandpa Jack" will live on forever! Vaya Con Dios! Brigitte and Tom Mills, Brookings, Oregon
December 10, 2014
My wife and I own "the house that still stands on Temple near Ocean." Soon after we moved in, my wife was able to contact Jack. I still remember him spending an afternoon regaling us with stories about growing up in the house and pointing out things he remembered such as a rose bush planted by his grandmother long ago. We are both very sorry to learn of his passing.
Tom G
November 22, 2014
Dr. Rowe was so helpful to my family when our father was ill. I well always appreciate his kindness. His daughter, Katie, was a friend of my daughter, June. Sending loving thoughts to the family. Midgie Cahan
November 17, 2014
Family of Melvin, I respect Melvin's choice to "move to Oregon" in the management of his life and death. I have Parkinson Disease and when my condition warrants, I also will "move to Oregon." I pray for strength and courage for you his loved ones for life without him.
Mary Quillin
November 15, 2014
So sorry for your loss. I know you can find strength and comfort in the memeories you shared. May time ease your sorrow and soothe your soul.
Doug Ball
November 14, 2014
My dear sweet Jan, so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. You know my heart is with you. I always loved hearing of the adventures you two were on. A very special love story...
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