Henry Rowan, American philanthropist and engineer, Died at 92

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Henry M. Rowan Jr. was born on December 4, 1923 and died on December 9, 2015,

He was an American philanthropist and engineer.

The Rowan University was named after him, in his honor.

Henry Rowan parents were Dr. Henry M. Rowan Sr. and Margaret Frances Boyd Rowan.

Rowan graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with honors with a degree in electrical engineering.

Henry served his country as a bomber pilot in World War II, he also worked for Ajax Electrothermic Corporation of Trenton, New Jersey.

He resigned from Ajax and decided to start his own company, Inductotherm Corp.

Mr. Rowan, with the help of Betty, his wife, to design and build his first induction furnace in his home’s garage, in 1953.

Hi product had over 80 subsidiaries throughout North America, South America, Europe, India, Asia and Australia.

Now there are over 27,000 Inductotherm induction melting installations worldwide and they account for more than half of the melting systems around the world today.

He and his wife Betty Rowan has pledged $100 million to Glassboro State College, which was one of the biggest contributory anyone could donate to a learning institution.

The college also has an engineering building named after him.

Rowan and Betty have also been strong supporters of Doane Academy in Burlington, NJ.

In January 2015 they donated millions to another institution.

Henry competed in the Olympic Sailing trials in Miami, but failed to qualify.

He wrote his autobiography titled ‘The Fire Within’ in 1995 with John Calhoun Smith.

Henry Rowan passed away at 92 yrs old.