An American Hero passes on

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, General Edward Rowny, a dear friend to Heritage and  dedicated conservative peacefully passed away.

Today, we remember his life and legacy.

Heritage’s Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, James Carafano, had the following to say about Rowny’s life:

“Ambassador Rowney had a long relationship with Heritage. I remember when he came here in 2013 to talk about his autobiography, Smokey Joe and the General. He was a great advocate for US-Polish relations. It was his passion. He had so much wisdom. He was a great friend and mentor and the definition of an American hero and patriot.”

Mike Gonzalez, a Senior Fellow in the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy,  wrote a piece in The Daily Signal remembering Rowny’s life and accomplishments. In the excerpt below he states:

A charter member of the “Greatest Generation”—that stoic cohort of Americans who faced down the Great Depression and defeated fascism, Japanese imperialism, and communism—left us this week.

Edward L. Rowny, known as the “scholar general,” died peacefully Sunday, we learned from his family. He played a part in all of the aforementioned events during his long 100-year life.

The life of this longtime Heritage Foundation friend was too rich in achievements to be allowed to pass without celebration.

Rowny commanded troops in World War II, the Pacific, Korea, and Vietnam. Then, after he “retired,” he advised presidents from Richard Nixon to George H.W. Bush.

Read more about General Rowny’s life >>

We are truly grateful to General Rowny for his sacrifices for our nation and partnership with Heritage.

He will be missed deeply by those who knew him.

May General Rowny rest in peace.

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