Miss Edna Rowe
Edna Rowe was born in 1873 near Courtney, Texas. She moved to Dallas as a young girl and attended the Dallas Female Academy. She graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and began a successful teaching career.
She retired from the Dallas public school systems in 1943 following 54 years of service, 24 years of which were spent as senior counselor and a member of the faculty of the old Forest Avenue High School.
She was a member of the Friends of the Library, the League of Women Voters, the Dallas Branch of the American Association of the University Woman and the Dallas Patriotic Association.
She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Retired Teachers Association and the Dallas Retired Teachers Association.
Upon her retirement from teaching in the Dallas schools, an editorial in The Dallas Morning News on May 16, 1943, paid tribute to Miss Rowe and read in part:
“In this more than half century Miss Rowe has witnessed the growth of Dallas form a city of some 38,000 citizen to the greater Dallas of today.
“As an able teacher she has left an impress upon the lives and thoughts of many thousands of boys and girls and hundreds of our outstanding citizens owe much to her tutelage.
“Hers has been an inconspicuous and quiet, yet continuous and constructive service and it would not be possible to overestimate the influence of such a servant.
“It will persist, and for good long after her teaching career is ended.”
She also studied during summers at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, earning another master’s degree, and then traveled extensively in Europe.
Edna Rowe died in 1965 at the age of 92 in Dallas.