To Joe’s great credit, he did not abandon his son Jonathan—the proverbial wastrel child—even when Jonathan decided to become a lawyer instead of an engineer (imagine Joe’s dismay). Joe took great pride in Jonathan starting his own law firm, much as Joe had started “Shared Applications” a generation earlier. But Joe was most delighted when his daughter, Carol, was appointed director of engineering communications for the University of Colorado, Boulder. At least one acorn didn’t fall so far from the tree.
It would be a great understatement to say that Joe Rowe is sorely missed, in all the many places where he plied his talents, by his family and friends, and of course most of all by his loving wife, Anne, and their children. Additional survivors included his father, Joseph, who succeeded him in death in 2005; his brother, Donald; and four grandchildren—Rachel, Alethea, Kyla, and Aaron. As the years go by, we who are left behind also realize, more and more, how much Joe taught us by his great example of unwavering personal integrity and plain old-fashioned hard work.