William Rowen
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10:00 am
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Congregation Agudat Achim
2117 Union Street, <no data>
Schenectady, New York, United States
(518) 393-9211


11:00 am
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Agudat Achim Cemetery
Schermerhorn Street
Rotterdam, New York, United States


Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12309

Shiva- Rowen Home 2141 Orchard Park Drive Schenectady

Shiva be be held at the Rowen residence on Tuesday at 7:15pm Wednesday at 6:00pm Thursday at 6:00pm

VISITING HOURS Rowen Residence

Visiting hours will be at the Rowen residence. 2141 Orchard Park Drive in Schenectady on Wednesday from 3-5pm and again on Thursday from 3-5 PM

Obituary of William Irwin Rowen


William I. Rowen of Niskayuna, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday,  September 1st, 2019 at the age of 81 years old. Bill was a respected GE gas turbine engineer , a pillar of the Schenectady Jewish community, and a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. 


Bill moved to Schenectady in 1960 after several years working as a marine engineer for United Fruit Company. He  graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1956 with a Bachelor of Marine Engineering, and earned a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in 1965. He spent 36  years at General Electric Company authoring numerous patents, and was involved in  countless gas turbine projects around the world. After retiring in 1993 he started the Turbine Engineering Consultancy which he owned and operated for 20 years until he fully retired in 2018. 


Bill was a long-time devoted member of Congregation Agudat Achim, serving in various roles including the congregation president from 1981 to 1984 and was a member of the board of a trustees until 2011. He was known throughout the capital region's Jewish community as a guiding force for community service with a strong sense of tradition.


Bill always had a love for the Adirondack region and spent much of his time boating and fishing with family and friends at their camp on Goodnow Flow where he was an active member of the lake association.


Above all, Bill dedicated his life to his family. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years Barbara Rowen, his brother Alan Rowen, his daughters Mindy Sorbo and her husband Anthony,  Julie Fafard and her fiance, Don Soubie,  Jackie Rowen , and his son Erik Rowen and his wife Stacey,  as well as 8 grandchildren Devorah, Samantha, Henry, Nessa, Eli, Dylan, Sydney and Sophie. 


Services at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street in Schenectady on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 10:00am with interment to follow in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY. Those wishing to remember Bill in a special way  may make a memorial contribution to Congregation Agudat Achim. Shiva will be observed at the Rowen residence, 2141 Orchard Park Drive in Schenectady on Tuesday at 7:15pm, Wednesday at 6pm. Thursday at 6 pm and Sunday at 6pm.

Visiting hours will also be held at the Rowen residence on Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to 5pm



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