Mary Roma Rowlands, BPharm’56

Mary "Roma" RowlandsMary “Roma” Rowlands (née Ranaghan) of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on December 23, 2018. She graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Vancouver. At UBC, Roma belonged to Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Players Club. After graduation, Roma worked in drug stores in Prince Rupert and Powell River. She married Bob Rowlands (UBC engineering grad) in 1959 at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Vancouver. They moved to Urbana, Illinois, then Chicago, and subsequently Madison, Wisconsin. Roma was licensed and practiced in BC, Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2003, she joined a US medical team that visited rural Guatemala. The Rowlands travelled throughout the former USSR, Europe, Australia, Istanbul, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, Ireland, Finland and Nunavut (Hudson Bay, Cornwallis, and Baffin Islands). Above all, Roma’s prime interest was her family. In addition to gardening, recent activities included belonging to a book club and a grandmothers’ exercise group. She is dearly missed by her husband, Bob, of Madison, Wisconsin, and sons Philip of Stoughton, Wisconsin and Ted of Naperville, Illinois, and their children.