George Ellis Rowand, 69, of Marshall, passed away on March 17, 2017, surrounded by family and friends after a brief but noble battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 29, 1948, in Richmond to George Everett Rowand and Joyce Bonner Rowand.
Mr. Rowand graduated from Virginia Tech in 1970 and earned a law degree from Memphis State University. He practiced law for the commonwealth attorney's office of Manassas for six years. Then he started a successful racing business, Bonner Farm Inc., with his sister, Bonner Young. They bred, syndicated and raced thoroughbred horses until the mid-1990s. He began to write about horseracing and was a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch as well as the Fauquier Times. He wrote a book, Diary of a Dream: My Journey in Thoroughbred Racing and eventually became the business editor of the Fauquier Times.
He service work was deeply important to him. He served on several boards, including the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered for the Fauquier Community Food Bank, Fauquier Family Shelter and his church, Leeds Episcopal. Mr. Rowand was also a member of the Middleburg Community Theater and performed in numerous plays.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; his son Michael and daughter-in-law Lijie; two sisters, Marjorie Antus and Joyce Bonner Young and their husbands, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Leeds Episcopal Church near Markham, followed by a reception.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fauquier Family Shelter
, 95 Keith St, Warrenton, Va. 20186. Additionally, a George Rowand Memorial Scholarship at Virginia Tech is being created. Donations can be made payable to The Virginia Tech Foundation Inc. and may be mailed to: Virginia Tech Advancement (0336), Office of Gift Accounting, 902 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Va. 24061. The gifts should be designated “In Memory of George E. Rowand, Class of 1970.”