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Businessman Roger "Cap" Rowland - New Castle PA

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Roger “Cap” Rowland was born to Sleigh & Celia (Mellely) Rowland in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1895. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in engineering in 1917 and subsequently served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Service in World War I France. He was officially credited with three “kills,” but is said to have shot down as many as twelve German fighters. After the war he worked for several companies in Pittsburgh before coming to New Castle in 1929. Here he is pictured with a French biplane while serving with the 27th Aero Squadron with the U.S. Air Service. (1918) Full Size

Cap Rowland served as President of New Castle Refractories from 1929 until he retired in 1964. He was deeply involved in politics, industry, and charities and was nationally known figure. He headed up the local Republican Party for many years and had ties to Washington DC politics. He was on the Board of Trustees for Penn State for several decades and was its President from 1963 until 1970. He passed away in New Castle in April 1974 at the age of 79 and was subsequently interred in Oak Park Cemetery. Rowland had made New Castle his lifelong home and over the years had became one of its most distinguished citizens. (c1950)


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