ROWE – Leslie Rowe died peacefully in Delray, Florida on April 24, 2021 at the age of 99. Born in Torquay, England on August 31, 1921, Leslie was the son of Samuel Alfred Percy Rowe and Beatrice (Butts) Rowe. He attended both Torquay Grammar School and South Devon Technical College and gained the College of Preceptors certification prior to service during World War II in meteorology, assisting in long range forecasting from the southern route for military aircraft delivered via Bermuda, the Azores, Ascension and the Atlantic Ocean to England and the European theatres. From 1946 until retirement, Leslie worked for over fifty years in middle and upper management positions in book publishing at E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc., Doubleday Publishing Co., G.P. Putnam and Company, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, Inc., Harper and Row Publishers, Holt Rhinehart and Winston, CBS, Inc., Henry Holt and Company, Paragon House, and Newmarket Press. His career path included several roles including bookshop manager, manager of a school and library department, editor, and national sales manager. In 15-years at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, CBS, Inc. he earned an Outstanding Achievement Award. Among many editorial achievements, he served as editor in publication of Lucien K. Truscott’s memoir COMMAND MISSIONS, now considered a classic which stood the test of time, about World War II, plus other notable authors. Leslie was a person of extraordinary intellect who had a great passion for literature and the written word. He took joy in his work and always brought a great sense of enthusiasm, love and humor to everything he did. Leslie is survived by his children John Harsen Rowe , Pamela Rowe, and Robert Rowe and is preceded in death by Lesley Ware Stoner . His family as well as his many friends will miss his love of life and will treasure his memory. Funeral services will be held at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut on April 3oth at 11:30am.
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