Memorial services have been set for Dr. Naoma Tew Rowan on February 22, 1991, at 7 p.m., at Bella Vista Elementary School, 2130 East 7000 So. Dr. Rowan died February 1, 1991, in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Rowan was born December 8, 1915, in Provo, Utah, the daughter of William T. Tew, Jr., and Jennie Maud Houtz. She married Elliot N. Rowan; later divorced.Dr. Rowan attended BYU. She received her BA from BYU in June of 1959, and earned her doctorate from the University of Utah in June of 1967. As a student at Springville High School she was active in student government, and she worked on the yearbook and was the piano accompanist for many events. She participated in school plays in high school and college.
Dr. Rowan was employed in the Provo City Schools from September 1948 till August 1958. She taught kindergarten through 4th grade. She also taught special education and was a district research assistant. She was principal of Provost Elementary School from September 1956 to August 1958. In September of 1958 she moved to Salt Lake City, to become a research instructor at the University of Utah. She taught 1st and 2nd grades at William Stewart School from January 1960 till June of 1966. In January 1967, she went to work for the Jordan School District as a kindergarten teacher and district kindergarden coordinator. During this time she taught kindergarten at Edgemont Elementary and also at Crescent Elementary. She worked in the Jordan District Offices until she became the principal at Bella Vista School in August 1974.
While she was at Bella Vista she worked very closely with the Utah Arts Council with "Artists in the Schools" and with Governor Rampton and Governor Matheson with the "Week of the Arts" Program.
She and Pearl Wagstaff-Garff developed ways to teach math, reading, or science in the gym through creative movement. From this, they started the Life Arts Center. Dr. Rowan retired from Bella Vista in July 1981.
Dr. Rowan was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, the Waterbury Encampment of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Jordan District Retirees, and AAUW.
She is survived by: Her daughter, Ranee' Ross and her husband, Earl; two grandsons, Brad and his wife, Shelly, and Kent and his fiancee, Stephanie; sisters, Merlene Colorusso, and Helen Stirland and her husband, Lee; brothers, Thirl Tew and wife, Yoland; Roy Tew and wife, Verna Vee, Dean Tew and wife, Myrna Lee, and Ronald Kay Tew and wife, Farris.
The family will be at Bella Vista for one hour prior to the memorial. Memorial gifts, if any, in lieu of flowers, could be sent to the American Cancer Society, or the Utah Diabetics Foundation or a charity of choice.
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