Carter Rowland

Carter Rowland

Saturday, March 13th, 1926 - Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
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Dr. J. Carter Rowland, of Fredonia, N.Y., Born March 13, 1926, he passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021. Carter was raised in Warren, Pennsylvania and upon graduating from high school at 17, he volunteered into the army, serving in the Third Infantry during World War II. While serving his country in Italy and France, he received two Purple Hearts. With the help of the GI Bill, Carter earned his undergraduate degree from Gannon University, his Master of Arts in English from Penn State in 1951, and his doctorate from Western Reserve University in 1958.

Dr. Rowland joined the faculty of Gannon University. In 1965, he received a Fulbright Award and taught at the University Amman, Jordan and University of Beirut, Lebanon during that scholastic year. From 1967 to 1971, he was chairman of the Gannon University English department. Additionally, he was the first faculty advisor and proud charter member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He continued his career as chairman of the Fredonia State English department and then the Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1971 to 1986. Additionally, he served as the SUNY Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies in 1986.

Upon retirement, Carter had the honor and pleasure of working as an advisor to for the National World War ll Memorial in Washington DC. Dr. Rowland also served as a member of the Chautauqua County Board of Ethics, the Jazz Erie Board, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, and as active member of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. Carter was a lifelong Catholic and the beloved husband of Wilda “Boo” Rowland for 75 years; loving father of Mark Rowland (Peg), Cindy Vento (Mario), Kirk Rowland, Lisa Zwart (Mike); and dear grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 6.

A family memorial service will be planned sometime in a safer world. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in his memory to: Your local Special Olympics program or Special Olympics USA: or Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048 On-line condolences may be made at
Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 716-679-9000.
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A family memorial service will be planned sometime in a safer world. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in his memory to: Your local Special Olympics program or Special Olympics USA: or Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048


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Eric Thom

Posted at 01:56pm
I was saddened to learn of Carter’s passing. He is one of the reasons I graduated from Fredonia. I knew Carter as a teacher, administrator, and friend. As an educator, you left your mark on thousands of students. To this day, I have found thoughts of those Topiary Tree dinners with Carter & Boo.
Eric Thom

Sandra Lewis

Posted at 08:23pm
My condolences to the family.

I had the pleasure of knowing Carter (and Boo). Dr. Rowland hired me in 1986, and is one of my most fond memories of SUNY Fredonia. He always made me feel welcomed and valued. So down to earth. I use to love shopping at Luweibdeh (sp?) which was a staple shopping stop when my Mama would visit. I remember how kind he was to my mother and their long, long conversations. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. --Sandra Lewis (nee Brown)

sandra maggio

Posted at 07:40pm
My condolences to his family and friends. He was an institution at SUNY Fredonia. My sympathy to his wonderful children and their continued legacy of accomplishments to keep his memory alive. He is proud of all of you.

Sandra Ebling

Fr Dan Kresinski

Posted at 10:16am
Dear Mrs. Rowland and family,

Way back in 1963 I was a student in Dr. Rowland's English class at Gannon College/University. I even remember the special topic he gave me for my assignment: Morality plays in the Middle Ages. I enjoyed his presentation of English literature. How blessed he was to be married for 3/4 of a century. He will be rewarded for his generosity through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Dr. Rowland died on the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. St. Paul says to Timothy and Dr. Rowland, "Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called." (1 Timothy 6, 12). As a member of Holy Trinity Church, may he be welcomed by the Trinity.
Father Dan Kresinski

Joe Cooley

Posted at 08:50am
To the entire Carter Rowland family...... the deepest condolences on the passing of our Fraternity Brother, one of the driving forces for the establishment of the first and still finest Fraternity at Gannon, it’s first faculty advisor, a dynamic and ever-so creative English Professor and a man that left GIANT footprints wherever he ventured in his 95 years.... the entire Delta Sigma Phi fraternity sends its prayers and sings a “Man May Be “ ever-so loud for Dr Rowland.

At Gannon, at Fredonia State and in every classroom you ever entered, you made a difference, you brought literature and creative writing alive and left wonderful memories of times past and futures to be lived.

The last time we were all together at Gannon in September 2016, we saluted you as Gamma Rho’s eldest and one of its best remembered we salute you again and May you Rest-in-Peace.

Go forth to your Lord and with the blessings of every Delta Sig Alumni.

YITBOS. Joe Cooley. Gannon ‘64. Delta Sig FOREVER

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