Evelyn Scofield Rowland

Staff Written Obituaries

Evelyn Scofield Rowland passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Born September 18, 1938 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Francis Collins Scofield and Elizabeth Dawson Scofield.

She attended Madeira School in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. She was married in 1961 to Ronald Hofer Rowland in Collington, Maryland.

Evelyn is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Ronald. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Dawson; children: William Scofield Rowland (Claudia), Thomas Dawson Rowland (Colleen), Joel Carey Rowland (Shobhan Porter); seven grandchildren: Elizabeth Scofield Rowland, Victoria Sophia Rowland, Benjamin Simon Rowland, Katherine Bolton Rowland, Alexander Dawson Rowland, Kagan Everett Rowland, & Kiran Malcolm Rowland.

Evelyn was a pioneering woman in the field of computer programming going to work at IBM upon graduation from Agnes Scott. Over the course of her professional career she worked in banking, inventory, and manufacturing software. Later in life she continued to promote opportunities for women in business through the Business and Professional Women Foundation, serving as the Maine state president from 2000 to 2001. Upon retiring and moving to Madison for the winters she enjoyed  volunteering at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Evelyn was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She actively knitted and was a core member of the Church of the Advent Caring Hands Ministry knitting group that provides craft shawls, baby blankets, lap robes and socks to those in need.

Evelyn was both a summer and year-round resident on Swan’s Island, Maine since the 1940s. Evelyn and Ronald lived in New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Missouri, Kansas, Maine and Georgia over the course of their lives together. She was active is parishes in every community.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Agnes Scott College or Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

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