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In Memoriam: Fred Rowan II

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is deeply saddened by the loss of Frederick J. Rowan II who passed away on March 10. Mr. Rowan was a dear friend and generous supporter of the school and parent of an alumna. His lead gift for the Fred Rowan Family Middle School building, which opened in 2006, completely transformed the HIES campus and the Middle School program. Today, the 41,000-square-foot, three-story facility, provides students and faculty with ample classroom space, meeting spaces and more.

Born in Staunton, Va., in 1940, Mr. Rowan joined Carter’s Inc. as president and CEO in 1992 and became chairman in 1996. During his tenure, he acquired Oshkosh B’Gosh and took the company public. He retired in 2008. In 2010, he and his wife Bernice moved back to their home state of Virginia. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rowan had four children: Jessica ’04, Andrew, John and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. A graduate of East Tennessee State University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Rowan was known for his leadership skills and brand building.  

A celebration of his life will be held later this spring.