August 21, 1992 |
When she was a coed in the Great Depression, she had a raccoon coat and a black Buick. When she died last year, she had a half-million dollars. In between, Doris Virginia Broome taught third grade for 40 years and lived a quiet, conservative life, with few frills and fewer confidences. So nearly everyone who knew her was surprised when she willed her small fortune to a college whose reunions she had stopped attending. Doris Virginia Broome has made Glassboro State's bright summer a little brighter.
December 12, 2015 |
Henry M. Rowan, 92, an inventive engineer and industrialist whose historic $100 million donation transformed modest Glassboro State College into the regionally acclaimed university that carries his name, died Wednesday at an assisted-living residence in Bucks County. In 1992, Mr. Rowan and his wife, Betty, set the record for the largest gift to a public college in the history of American higher education. While the couple had no connection to the school, they did occupy the same state.
December 23, 1992 |
Wearied by speculation and controversy, industrialist Henry Rowan yesterday made public the previously unreleased document that outlines his plan to give Rowan College of New Jersey $100 million over the next 11 years. And guess what? It's deceptively simple. All it is is a sort of written handshake, a plainly stated letter of intent that is less than three pages long. It took months of negotiation to reach the point at which the letter could be drafted, said college trustees chairman Steven Weinstein, whose law firm donated $50,000 of work to write the legal documents for the gift, but in the end Rowan decided on a short, straightforward letter that he composed himself.
December 17, 1992 |
It looks like those union employees' children will be able to get a college education on Henry Rowan after all. Rowan, the millionaire industrialist who gave Glassboro State College $100 million and a new name in July, said last night he was willing to let union members' children apply for the $3 million scholarship fund that was part of his gift to the school, now known as Rowan College of New Jersey. At first the fund had been limited to children of some 4,000 nonunion employees, the lion's share of the workforce at Rowan's 60 companies worldwide, including Inductotherm Industries, a Rancocas-based builder of industrial furnaces.
December 19, 2014 |
The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation will donate $15 million to the engineering school at Rowan University, the second-largest gift in the Glassboro school's history, the school announced Wednesday. The money will create a permanent endowment for the engineering school, which will be renamed the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. "It goes to our foundation and gets invested, and we are going to receive proceeds from this annually forever," said Ali A. Houshmand, the university's president.
February 3, 1998 |
Bucks County voters in the 143d District will elect a state representative in a special election to replace former Rep. Joe Conti today. Residents of Doylestown and New Hope Boroughs and Doylestown, Buckingham, Solebury, Plumstead, Bedminster, Tinicum, Nockamixon and Bridgeton Townships can vote at their usual polling places today for any of three candidates with ties to the Republican Party. Republican Charles McIlhinney Jr., Republican-turned-Democrat Henry Rowan, and Republican-turned-Independent Tim Brought are on the ballot.
December 25, 2013 |
GLASSBORO Thanks to the generosity of the family after which it is named, Rowan University will start a doctoral program in engineering that offers a fellowship that will cover tuition and living expenses. A second new program will support engineering undergraduates who want to study abroad, college officials announced Monday. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation has donated $300,000 to start an engineering Ph.D. fellowship. Starting in the fall, one student from each of the College of Engineering's five disciplines - biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical - will have his or her tuition paid in full and receive a living stipend.
June 2, 2014 |
Stroll the former Henry Rowan estate off Bridge Street in Westampton, and you may well appreciate why the prominent industrialist once chose to live on its 83 rustic acres. Its stately brick mansion dates to 1786, and its several brooks meander through woods and alongside farm fields that run for 1,000 feet along the scenic Rancocas Creek. Yet some see it as the perfect spot for ball fields, bleachers, overhead lights, hot dog stands, and parking lots. Which will it be? On Thursday, Burlington County will hold the second of two hearings on its plan to donate to the town of Westampton the former Rowan farmstead, which it acquired in 2007 for $4.5 million.
October 15, 1992 |
The Rowan College Board of Trustees, flush with its new-found wealth, voted to spend $350,000 of it last night. The money, which represents nearly two-thirds of what the college has predicted it will earn this year from Henry Rowan's initial gift of $25 million, will be used to finance various programs and changes brought about by the college's name change. For example, $72,000 will be spent on new athletic uniforms and $17,000 on new athletic brochures. A revised college catalogue will cost $25,000 and a firm that is supposed to market the new name will cost $35,000.
October 18, 2002 |
Rowan University President Donald Farish announced a $22 million capital campaign yesterday, the first such fund-raising effort in the school's history. What was then Glassboro State College made higher education history in 1992 when industrialist Henry Rowan gave $100 million to fund an engineering school and create an endowment at the college. Other Rowan supporters should give in that spirit to the capital campaign, which will be used to offset the state-funded operating budget by funding student scholarships, adding professional chairs and improving facilities, Farish said.