Elected in 1977
“For contributions to the theory and design of high-power
microwave electron tubes and solid-state microwave devices.”
BY GEORGE HADDAD AND JONATHAN ROWE
JOSEPH E. ROWE, a leading pioneer in the development of microwave electron tube and solid state device technologies, and former vice president and chief scientist at Harris Corporation, Gould Corporation, and Pittsburgh Plate Glass, as well as former provost and dean of engineering at Case Western Reserve University and chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, died on October 23, 2002, at the age of 75.
Joe was born in Detroit on June 4, 1927, the son of an auto worker who emigrated from Cornwall, England, in 1920. Immediately upon graduation from high school, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in active combat in the Pacific theater. When his tour of duty ended in December 1946, Joe came home to study electrical engineering at the University of Michigan on the G.I. Bill. He always credited the Marine Corps with not only paying for his education but, more importantly, for teaching him the tough-minded discipline and unflagging work ethic that served him so well in his professional career. For the rest of his life, in all the best ways, Joe Rowe never stopped being a Marine.
Joe received his B.S.E. in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1951. In the summer of 1950 he married his college sweetheart, Anne Prine Rowe. Anne later distinguished