Dr. David T. Rowlands, former Chair of the Department, Dies at Age 86

August 10, 2016

Dr. David T. Rowlands. Jr., Chair of the Department of Pathology from 1973 to 1978, died August 5, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rowlands was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was raised outside of Philadelphia in Lansdowne. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and after three years of undergraduate studies was admitted into Penn’s School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed his residency in Pathology at the University of Cincinnati. After residency, he served in the Navy and was stationed in Key West, Florida. During this time, he was appointed as the Chief Casualty Officer for the Bay of Pigs. Following his time in the Navy, he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked on a team for the transplant of livers in humans. An authority in developmental immunology, he took a position at Rockefeller University in New York in 1964. While on staff there, he was the number two in the laboratory group for the Nobel Prize winner in Medicine research team.

In the late 1960s, Dr. Rowlands became Associate Professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine until his return to his alma mater in 1973 to become Professor with a secondary appointment in Medicine and Chair of the Department as Dr. Peter Nowell's successor. In the early 1980s, he accepted the Chairmanship of Pathology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Rowlands authored more than 100 papers on cardiovascular pathobiology, organ transplantation, transplantation immunology, and intracellular processes in immunity. In 1991, he retired from USF, but found himself missing teaching and thus joined the staff at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. While teaching there, he coupled two favorite pastimes, sailing and golfing, and authored a book entitled Golf Courses of the Caribbean. His burial at Florida National Cemetery with Military Honors will take place at a later date.

A colleague, Dr. John Jacob Furth, Emeritus professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, died July 6 at the age of 87. Dr. Furth joined the Department as a research associate in 1962 and was promoted to full professor in 1980. He was a member of the Senate Executive Committee in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. In 1984, he received a Research Foundation Award for Transcription of genomic DNA by RNA polymerase II. In 1985, he received another for Transcription of Alutype Repeat DNA by RNA Polyvmerase III. He became emeritus in 2000.
Obituaries for both Drs. Rowlands and Furth in the Penn Almanac.