Who was Dr. Rowe?

Who was Dr. Rowe?

DrLeoRowe.jpgDr. Leo Stanton Rowe was born in McGregor, Iowa, on September 17, 1871. He served with exemplary dedication and vision as Director General of the Pan American Union (the precursor to the "OAS"), from 1920 up until the day of his death, December 5, 1946 in Washington, DC. His life revolved around two main concerns: advancing Pan-Americanism and promoting education.

From 1920 onwards, he took charge of the Pan American Union and dedicated himself to laying the basis for projects and programs for the development of Pan-American conferences and technical meetings. He also devoted the greater part of his life to fostering understanding and integration among the American nations demonstrating a special interest in the education of Latin American youth, whom he assisted during his lifetime and to whom he bequeathed a legacy in his will.  

During his life he also devoted his efforts to the union of the Americas, thus becoming an important leader of Pan-Americanism. Three characteristics define Dr. Leo S. Rowe as Director General of the Pan American Union:

  • Devotee of the ideal of Pan-Americanism
  • Friend of peace
  • Promoter of the economic welfare of Latin American nations
  "And now, Mr. Secretary and members of the Governing Board, permit me to assure you that my heart and soul are in this work. All the strength and energy of which I am capable are at your service. It has been and is the one ambition of my life to contribute, even in some small measure, toward  the closer union between the republics of America; and if, under your guidance, I may be able to make such a contribution to that great cause, I shall consider that I have not lived in vain." 

Final Words of Dr. Leo S. Rowe
in the speech of his inauguration to the position as
Director General of the Pan-American Union,
in the seat of PAU, Washington, D.C. 1920