721st Harold Rowe Obit


82, a retired Army colonel and a former official with Transportation Consultants, died of a stroke Jan. 15 at The Virginian Retirement Home in Fairfax. He lived in Arlington.

Col. Rowe was born in Fort Ann, N.Y. He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He worked for the New York Central Railroad during the 1930s.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the China-Burma-India theater. After the war, he was transferred to the Washington area where he served on the staff of the chief of transportation.

He later had assignments in Germany and Fort Eustis, Va., before returning to the Washington area in 1960. He retired in 1960 as the deputy assistant chief of transportation for military operations. For the next nine years, he worked for Transportation Consultants, where he was director of the railway division.

Col. Rowe was a member of the American Railway Engineering Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Society of American Military Engineers and the 721st Railway Operating Battalion Veterans.

His wife Helen Hanlan Rowe died in 1980. He leaves no immediate survivors.