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Date published: 6/22/2014

Mary Moore Rowe

Mary Moore Rowe, 100, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Peterborough, N.H.

Born in Henderson, N.C., on July 13, 1913, she was the daughter of John Augustus Moore and Mabel Vann Moore. She graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Va., in 1930 and Sweet Briar College in 1934, and she also received a graduate diploma in piano from the Juilliard School of Music in 1938. In the early 1940s, she taught music at St. Timothy's School (then in Catonsville, Md.).

During World War II, she served with the American Red Cross in Chowan County, N.C., and in Washington, D.C. From 2004 through 2010, well into her 90s, she was the pianist at the Jaffrey Presbyterian Church in Jaffrey, N.H.

Following her marriage in 1946 to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Carter R. Rowe of Fredericksburg, the couple resided in the Greater Boston area. Upon Dr. Rowe's retirement from Massachusetts General Hospital in 1991, they moved back to the Rowe family home in Fredericksburg. They also enjoyed a home in Peterborough for many years. Mrs. Rowe returned to Peterborough in 2004 following her husband's death in 2001.

During her time in Massachusetts, in addition to raising her three sons, Mrs. Rowe was actively involved in a variety of organizations, offering them her incisive observations and practical, forward-thinking ideas. She served on the board of directors of the Roxbury YMCA for over 20 years and showed a similar commitment to the New England Conservatory, serving on its board of overseers from 1982 onward. She also volunteered with the Ladies Visiting Committee and in the flower shop at Massachusetts General Hospital. She and Dr. Rowe were members of The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., for many years.

In her later years in Virginia she rekindled her interest in Southern history, serving on the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation board, and, with her husband, establishing the Elizabeth Vann Moore Fund in 1998, in honor of her sister's life and work as a historian. In addition, Mrs. Rowe continued her lifelong love of gardening, transforming a long-neglected plot at her home into an exquisite garden.


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